My guess is that most likely you know someone who has been touched by breast cancer. Maybe it’s even you.
Am I right?
Most likely I am because 1 in 8 women have been affected by breast cancer. That’s an enormous number. And, you may also know that once the diagnosis is made, there is a whirlwind of decision-making that has to take place in what feels like a matter of minutes. It feels like a mad rush to have the biopsies, the tests, the surgeries, the meds, the chemo, the radiation, to change your lifestyle, and on and on.
This is why Hope Held by a Horse was birthed in 2013.
We know that breast cancer isn’t just a medical diagnosis. It’s a life-changing event.
It impacts everything about the woman –
- How she looks.
- How she feels.
- How she sees herself
- The way strangers look at her.
- How others feel about her.
- Her relationship with her partner.
- What she thinks of her job, her role in her family, her sexuality.
- It impacts her view of mortality and feelings about the afterlife.
It changes everything.
We want women to have the chance to get away from the hospitals, away for the needles, away for the overwhelm and have a chance to get outside in the open air and be touched by a horse.
We offer a place for women to slow down and free themselves from their diagnosis, from all of the unanswered questions, from the expectations of others, from their fears, and we allow them to just be.