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The Things Worth Fighting For

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This morning, well, this morning I’m tired.

I was out late last night for our Relay For Life Guys in Gowns Pageant, where 7 amazing guys dressed in drag to raise money in the fight against cancer.  It was an inspiring – and exhausting – night.

My Boyfriend P, giving it all he's got.  Photo by Gina Elliot Proulx

My Boyfriend P, giving it all he’s got.
Photo by Gina Elliot Proulx

Today, I have several reports to proofread and a novella to edit.  I have Relay emails to send and groceries to buy.  I need to spend some time marketing my classes, and I have student work to read.  I have limbs to pick up on the farm, and Dad may be coming over later to start spreading lime on the pasture.  Plus, if I don’t really clean my house, the fur balls will choke me in the night.

Like you, I’m tired.  Busy and tired.

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Last night, I watched 7 men don gowns and make-up and some of the most hideous shoes I’ve ever seen, despite their fatigue from work and their own hesitations from stage fright and wig malfunctions.  I saw men who don’t do drag normally take on the performance with fervor and excitement, and they gave their hearts on that stage.

As one contestant said, “Cancer doesn’t care about race or age or size. And I don’t think we will find a cure until we don’t care about those things either.”  Then, he waved his hands in the air and walked off stage in leopard-skin platform shoes.

I am tired today, but I am so inspired. To fight on for the things I believe in.  For writing, for the chance to live our dreams, for a cure.

What will you fight for even if the fatigue feels heavy and the goal far? 

 

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Author: Andi

I am a writer, editor, and writing teacher whose most recent book, The Slaves Have Names, tells the story of the people who were enslaved on the plantation where I was raised. When I'm not working, my husband and I are working to make our small farm - God's Whisper Farm - a retreat here at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Linda B.

    Thank everyone for me. As a survivor of uterine cancer, I know how devastating living with cancer can be. I love that everyone was willing to find a creative way to do a fundraiser. I will say too, since I can’t do any kind of hormone replacement, that I might have more of a five o’clock shadow than your boyfriend. ;)

    • http://www.andilit.com Andi

      Oh, Linda, I will definitely say thanks to everyone, and I’ll let P know he has some competition in the shadow department. :) Thanks for reading.

  • http://aressler042.wordpress.com/ Angie Bigler

    I’m so proud of your man, great picture! I will always fight to find light in dark places and to share the tools for healing I’ve learned with others. I want my own experiences to translate into something good and I’ll never stop being driven by that. :)
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