Oh What A Night!

red ink…

imageArriving to a receiving line of cameras flashing, smiling faces with headsets on, pink ink had her red carpet moment. At last! Once inside the door of the theatre, a special center seat awaited her where she was surrounded by love in every seat and on every side. The place was packed. Pink ink’s play “Life in the Cancer Lane” debuted last night in Phoenix and she was there to see it all. Now let’s be clear, this was no small feat. She left the hospital yesterday morning, rested for a short while, and rallied to get herself up and ready for her big night! So many of us worried about whether it would be too much for her to make it out because she was still weak following her hospital stay, but she, as always, was determined. The night before, she basically threatened the nurse who was administering her night medications saying “you’re NOT going to stop me from going to my play!” I think the lady was a little scared honestly. Lol! Pink ink’s play has been a labor of love. She has poured her soul and her journey into writing this wonderful series of vingettes that chronicles, not only her journey, but that of many other breast cancer survivors. It’s real talk, full of insightful advice for anyone going through this themselves or with someone they love. She hit every topic imaginable from the expected “diagnosis” and “chemo” to the more sensitive like “hair,” “sex,” and “crazy-ish people say.” I laughed out loud and cried unconsolably recognizing some of our conversations in the play, all within the span of a couple of hours. For me and everyone in the room, it made us think about the effects that breast cancer has on everyone it touches. She took the task of telling this story more seriously than almost anything else I’ve ever seen her do. She was disciplined and precise about her writing process, and deliberate about soliciting and receiving feedback. I don’t know that people, including me, understood how serious she was about this at first, but her commitment made each of us get on board, one by one, so that we became as invested in her achieving her vision as she was. She inspired me and so many others (We started writing at the same time and my book still hasn’t been published BTW.) She wanted to be heard because she had something important to share – and last night all ears were open. There are a whole host of people to acknowledge – to be clear, I don’t know everyone. Just know, whoever you are, that I’m certain that pink ink is eternally grateful for everything, from the smallest thing to the most monumental, to make her dream a reality … from her girls in Phoenix who had the idea to put up the show, secured the backing for the show (Thank you Cox Communications), and laid out the beautiful reception, to those who recorded every bit of revised dialogue and stage direction to those who assisted with props to the unseen narrators, to those who traveled from near and far to fill the house, to her husband who gave her introduction in her stead, and to everyone who inspired one of the monologues. It was a beautiful night. At the end of the night, she had just enough energy to spare to spend a little bit of time at the reception to take photos with the “cast” – those in the play and the rest of us who are in her much larger “supporting cast.” Everyone wanted her to know that they were there to be a part of her vision, and by the looks on every face – we were all SO proud of her. Pink Ink you made your mark! My mother always said that she wanted to “receive her flowers while she could still smell them.” Just before leaving the reception, someone walked up to pink ink and put a single pink rose in her hands. She got into the car, exhausted, and on the way home and held that flower in her lap, and no doubt, took in the scent of sweet success. Now on the to book and the movie!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TME
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 18:11:19

    Red Ink this is soooo beautiful and captures every moving, awe-inspiring and poignant moment. I just re-lived it!! And re-energized me. Great to lay eyes on you last night. Our girl is A-MA-ZING. And the play …. greater than the sum of all its phenomenal parts. Can’t wait to be in the line of your first book signing, BTW. Speaking it into existence and so it is! Signed: The IP attorney, aka Tennis Tonya :-)

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  2. Andrea Smith
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 18:16:08

    Red Ink… This is fantastic and I am so glad Barbra was able to attend. Then again why would I think she wouldn’t??? I can’t wait until it goes on tour. Congratulations Barbra!!! You are truly amazing!! Andrea (Charlotte-Playgroop)

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  3. Dana J
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 22:18:24

    Red Ink, I was thrilled to be there last night and to lay eyes on you, as I only “saw” you on laptop screen previously. I too laughed and cried and saw a small part of me in the play too (glad it wasn’t part of the -ish segment). This “Life in the Cancer Lane” could also be called “It takes a village” as we all are there for each other. Thank you for all you do to lift our gurl BWR up. Dana J (pink & green, green & white, pink & blue…like Miss B!)

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  4. karenabigail
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 22:30:58

    I’m so incredibly proud of BWats and grateful that she could be in the building for her big night. I would have done anything to be there with you all physically but could only be there in spirit. I’m grateful to you Red Ink for being so descriptive and helping us experience this beautiful night through your post. Thank you.

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  5. Gina
    Oct 26, 2013 @ 20:29:07

    I am so proud of Bobbi and excited to hear about the play. I was there in spirit and my mom was there in person on my behalf. You are such a dear friend red ink and I am glad we got a chance to meet in Chicago. Take care and keep us posted on your book. Write on!
    Gina

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  7. Helen Imes
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 07:42:22

    My sincere hope is that I, as I grow old, can keep the memory of that night forever. I thought in my life time that I had experienced many fantastic moments but this, indeed was the pinnacle of all. This was about a sweet little baby niece, as I always have called her, that when I first lay eyes on her at only a few months in this world, knew that she was going to bring something in our life that would be phenomenal. Her cancer battle could be that but it’s about the difference that she has made through her struggle and her caring about others who struggle also. She was so supportive of me as I fought my cancer, in fact , she continued to fight beyond my survival of cancer. And then it struck her. God only knows what the significance of this is. But being in the theater and seeing what she created explains so much to me about my baby niece and what she is about. Life in the Cancer Lane for so many who travel that route might be a little less painful to maneuver, a little more comprehensive, a lighter burden to carry because my baby niece shared her story. God loves her, God knows her, God cares for her and will help us endure.Such a beautiful night it was. Thank you Barbra, Big B, Lil B, and of course Memo who is a God sent angel.
    MONA

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