Below is the letter that I wrote to Oprah in June of 2010. I originally shared this letter when I started my blog two months later. I still haven’t heard back from her and I would love your help…

Dear Oprah,

You don’t know me yet, but I hope that one day you will. I am 31, single, and live in Vancouver, Canada. On October 27, 2009, life as I knew it ended. Perhaps the universe was trying to send me a message to slow down and question whether the stresses of my life were serving me. It worked. My diagnosis of breast cancer brought my career, my quest to meet the perfect man, and my obsession with slimming my hips to an abrupt halt.

The last six months have included a lumpectomy, lymph node dissection, four rounds of chemotherapy, and a bi-lateral mastectomy and those are just the bright, shiny clinical words. I have also contemplated issues surrounding my future fertility, stared at my bald head in the mirror, and experienced what feels like worst PMS of my life as well as the inability to remember even my own name (courtesy of the chemo drugs). The next six months involve procedures to transform my now flat chest back into a perkier version of its old self.

My story may not be unique, but I believe my journey could inspire many. My dream is to write a book. I believe that impacting people in a positive way is what I was put on this earth to do. I believe that the recent events in my life are opening a door to who I was always meant to become.

This isn’t just a book about cancer. This is a book about surviving hardship, but not identifying yourself as the victim…a book about using humour to laugh your way through terror…a book about the search for God or a deeper meaning to life, but not a religious book …a book about finding love in the strangest of places, but learning that someone else’s love can’t save you…a book about realizing that underneath all of the fear and shame we cloak ourselves in, we (even with all of our imperfections) really are enough.

I thought it might be fitting to ask the universe (and you) to help me. I am not an English major and have never written anything except emails and the odd high school essay. I would be grateful if by telling my story I might meet people that can help me navigate this new chapter in my life.

Terri

I would love your support in launching my blog and my book. If you are interested in joining my blog community, please subscribe via email on the right hand side of this page. Please also feel free to share my words on Facebook or Twitter. If I want Oprah to hear me, I know I need to grow my blog to a community of tens of thousands of people. On that note, you could help me by liking A Fresh Chapter on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Fresh-Chapter/115062401891311

I try to write about my own emotions of fear, happiness, struggle, and victory. I think these feelings are universal, whether you have experienced illness or not. I would love to hear what you think and to hear your story. If you are ever interested in writing a guest blog for A Fresh Chapter, or you just want to chat, please contact me at twingham@afreshchapter.com.

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Friend, sister, aunt, daughter, wine lover, post-wine booty shaker, writer, dreamer, and breast cancer survivor.

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