Yellow Envelope Project: Oklahoma

Last week I received a yellow envelope in the mail from a stranger and, with a little cooperation from all of you, I would like to return the favor. In spades.

The card was accompanied by a handwritten letter from Phyllis, a woman in Oklahoma whom I have never met. An acquaintance of mine asked if she might have a Shine t-shirt to present this woman, because Phyllis was undergoing medical treatment and might benefit from a dose of positivity. Of course I obliged and here's the letter I received:

“Dear Claudia,

Thank you so much for the t-shirt and the motivational card. I have a matching yellow turban that I wear with it, you know, to really 'shine'. Everyone comments on it.

I look forward to seeing you in person sometime soon maybe. I don't believe the reports, but they 'claim' my cancer is on my liver, both lungs, espophogus, and hip! And then to add insult to injury, they found two tumors pressing hard on the back of my brain, two tumors pressing on my frontal lobes and lots of small tumors on each side… SIGH…. right now I am in the middle of 3 weeks of whole brain radiation. After that I will start chemo. I imagine I'll be doing chemo for 3 months, or maybe more-ish, but that's ok.

Thank you for spreading joy. Thank you so much. All the best, Phyllis.”

Phyllis is a worthy recipient, not because of what she does. I don't know what she does. She is a worthy recipient because of the way she chooses to be.

Despite adversity, Phyllis chooses to be positive.

With so many reasons to be angry she finds reasons to be thankful.

With so many reasons to curl up in despair, Phyllis decides to be hopeful and to make future plans.

For many the holiday season is a time of joy, but it can also represent reasons to be busy, frazzled, and overwhelmed.

I am asking you to take time out of your week, not to just be thankful for your health and the health of your family, but I am also asking you to do something.

Do me a favor. Write Phyllis an anonymous note of encouragement. Let her know you are thinking of her this holiday season and that her positive attitude is one of the gifts that makes her shine. Let her know, whatever her medical condition holds in store for her, that her perspective and resolve is alive and well and that it is nothing short of an inspiration.

Then seal your note in a yellow envelope (or white decorated with yellow markers or stickers) and mail it to the address below.

Phyllis F.

5914 E 24th Place

Tulsa, OK 74114-3816

No need to provide your return address. Instead, simply print the words, “Yellow Envelope Project in the top left hand corner.”

It will be one of the most meaningful gifts you give this holiday season.

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

Posted on 12/11/12 10:00 am by Claudia Beeny in: Yellow Envelope Project
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