Sometimes in life you just have to take a chance, and this is one of them! I’m talking about taking the chance that she may not want me to do this but I must open the curtain, sort of like on the Wizard of OZ when the curtain is flung open to reveal a secret strength behind that giant, green head, (okay, she’s nothing like that guy and there’s no giant head involved but I’m trying to illustrate a point here). I must, absolutely must, let you know about this wonderful woman, one that Bob and I are so fortunate to have her our team. BUT, before I continue, let me make this perfectly clear, she’s not only our business manager but she’s a treasured friend and confidante.
There’s so much more; she’s a five o’clock (AM folks) dynamo, highly proficient translator of chemo brain, a calmer-downer (not a word but I’m taking liberty here) and a very patient advisor. She’s one that, as we drive home from a weekend event, provokes uncontrollably laughter as we flash back to Bob’s antics. And fortunately for me, she recognizes my fatigue, even when I adamantly deny it.
You won’t see her lovely face in any interview but she’s hanging out in the green room, in a full tilt Twitter mode, sharing our adventures with you. She’s not in any press photos but is off to the side, ready to offer an encouraging word or better yet – add a comment that makes me laugh loudly, which has the instant ability to calm my jitters. Her phenomenal support is seen by so few that I must let you know who she is.
Her name is Marcela Shine.
Linda Carey is the co-creator of The Tutu Project and President of the Carey Foundation. Bob and Linda Carey have been together since 1986. When Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, Bob decided to expand on an odd project he’d started: he’d taken a few pictures of himself in a pink tutu, and the unlikely images cheered Linda up and gave both of them something to focus on other than her diagnosis. Linda’s positive approach to living has become a beacon of hope for cancer patients across the world.