So! I'm going for a 3peat! I did the 3day in 2010 and walked 45miles after going into remission - I did the 3day in 2011 and walked 37miles WHILE ON CHEMO! But my story doesn't start there....
In September, 2009, I went for my 40year well-check and during the mammogram, a lump was discovered under my left breast up against my rib-cage. This lump could not be felt and would never have been detected without this mammo. VERY IMPORTANT TO GET YOUR GIRLS CHECKED!
After more x-rays, ultrasounds, biopsies, scans, it was determined that I needed to remove the breast. The breast was removed along with 12 lymph-nodes and 6 had cancer. Anything over 4 required chemo. The cancer spread to my spine (Stage IV). A port was put in my chest on 2/2/10 for easy access to my veins and chemo was started the very next day. A few bumps along the way (a reaction to one chemo resulted in a 4day hospital stay, that was scary) I was put in remission on 7/7/11 and went to play in the World Dart Championship in Las Vegas and took 3rd in an event with one of my besties! But those victories were short-lived. Further scans (I'll continue to have them for the rest of my life) revealed that the cancer had returned to my left hip and rib. The good news is it's remained in the bone, the bad news is I was put back on chemo March, 2011. I completed another round of chemo. More scans showed new spots in the bone, but the old ones have become dormant. Chemo round 3 hasn't been as effective. On December 7, 2011, my oncologist put me on stronger chemo since my tumor marker keeps rising. There are maintenance drugs that I will continue with for the rest of my life. The good news is I haven't missed ANY work, continue to live my life and take care of my family. My quality of life is great, and I owe it all to Susan G. Komen and the drugs that make this happen. Drugs are being discovered and improved with research and this is where I need your help.
Please support me as I take an amazing journey in the fight to end breast cancer! The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds from the 3-Day for the Cure are invested in breast cancer research and community programs. And while you're at it, check out my son's page - Jeremy Milburn. I'm so pround he's decided to undergo this journey with me!
No one deserves to experience all I have and will continue to, for the rest of my life and I'm hoping it's a long one - help me reach my goal while I try to train, all while fighting this dreadful disease.