Carol’s Invisible Roots
I said to Carol after my chance meeting with her, “You are my inspiration for the day.” Her answer… “Well thank you, I am my inspiration everyday” –Carol Davidson
Feeling connected to one another can have a special effect on us, like tree roots reaching out and intertwining. Sometimes these roots are visible and other times they are not, but they are connected all the same, making us stronger. Carol found out in June that she had incurable stage 4 breast cancer which had spread to her lymph nodes, lungs and liver. Carol is a straight shooter, a strong woman who spent the majority of her life on construction sites as a designer, and as a cattle farmer. She describes a “dark abyss” opening up in front of her upon hearing she had the HER2 positive gene which meant that they didn’t know if she had two weeks, two months or two years to live.
Listening to Carol recount those early days, I couldn’t help but notice that coincidences connected her with others when she needed hope the most. For instance, she received a call out of the blue from the builder of her house that she designed. He explained that all of a sudden she kept coming into his thoughts so he decided to give her a call to see if everything was ok. She discovered that day that many years ago, he too, was diagnosed and given a short time to live. His intuition and kindness planted that first seed of strength in Carol.
Not knowing what time she had left, Carol decided to take a last minute trip with her husband to one of her favourite places in the world, Italy. While there a cab driver showing them the sights, stopped and purchased a wooden “tau” necklace after learning of Carol’s condition. Carol smiles as she reaches around her neck to show me the cross. She is touched by the kindness shown to her and wears it everyday even though she is not religious. And good news has followed, Carol’s just learned her treatment is keeping her cancer at bay extending her life indefinitely. Like roots reaching out and intertwining, connections can have a special effect on us. #victoriacancercentre #bccancerfdn #bccancer #fuckcancer #helpingothers #realpeoplerealstories #connections #roots