Only five weeks ago, a fragile Chivette showed up at theCHIVE office for the first time. She hadn’t left her bed in a week. I remember talking to a defeated girl that day. After 6 rounds of chemo to treat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tamara Bordeaux had lost her insurance and confided in me that she’d lost the energy and motivation to move forward. Hope was giving way to emptiness.
Tamara’s best friend Amanda had organized a fundraiser at a local restaurant in San Clemente to help pay for Tamara’s next chemo treatment. 90 people had RSVP’d. Amanda asked if we could get Chive Nation behind the event? Yep. We published a last-minute story calling out for Chivers to meet us in San Clemente.
This is the moment Tamara told me she was cancer free (Bill got a better view of it judging by the photo).
Tamara told me, “Without my Chive family, I couldn’t have gotten through this. I’ve never felt this good, I’ve never been so optimistic. I’m going to live. So I think… I think we should have a beer now.”
There is still work to be done, Tamara is not out of the woods. She must complete 2 more rounds of chemo and a radiation treatment – plus a final bone marrow test to ensure the cancer hasn’t moved into her bones. But for now, the runway is clear and the once-defeated girl is all smiles. The future has never looked so bright. You’re our girl, Tamara.
Today begins Random Acts of Kindness Week here at theCHIVE. We’re going to need your help tomorrow with a very special young boy who desperately needs our help. It will end with the massive fundraiser on Saturday in Phoenix to benefit the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters.