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S-T-O-P! It's Hammer Time...
Funny Me! I've reached the minimum to walk the 2013 event.
Won't you please consider donating to my 2014 event instead so that I can participate in my 5th event?
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November's 3-Day Update
It's November 1st and that means that the 3-Day event is only 14 days away. In only two weeks, I'll be participating in my 4th Susan G. Komen 3-Day event.
Since my October update, I've made it official and joined the "Viva Las Boobies" team. As I mentioned last month, the group of ladies have been very welcoming and they're consistent with their training. I have walked many training miles and hills with them. Tomorrow will be our last long walk before the event; we'll be walking 18 miles. On Sunday, most of us will be participating in the Race For The Cure at Balboa Park.
I'm looking forward to wearing a feathered headdress during the 3-Day. With over 4,000 registered walkers this year, I'm know I'll be making new friends. I'm looking forward to seeing the Walker Stalkers that support the event year after year. I'm looking forward to the closing ceremony that is always bitter sweet. I'm especially looking forward to getting my weekends back. Although fun, training has consisted of early weekend mornings with back to back long walks. My feet and hips are looking forward to the time off. I've missed attending yoga on Saturday mornings. But the rest time won't be long because I've already registered for the 2014 event!
Thanks again for your support, emotionally and monetarily. Without you, I couldn't participate. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and know that I'm grateful for having you in my life.
I'm in - 60 miles or bust in 30 days!!!
WE did it! With YOUR support and generous donations, I've reached the required minimum, $2300, goal to participate in next month's walk. Thirty days from today, I'll start my 4th journey.
To many, 60 miles sounds daunting. However, the event provides an excellent training schedule. I've also been walking with a couple of groups since the weekend training walks are long and back to back. The ladies from Viva las Boobies and OB Walkers have welcomed me with open arms. Saturday, we'll be walking 18 miles and 15 miles on Sunday. Because we're over achievers, we tend to always walk 1-2+ miles per session. So this weekend's walk may be more like 20 Saturday and 17 Sunday. It's a fun running (walking) joke and don't mind the bonus miles. Truth be told, we're not over achievers. Google maps just makes us walk longer!
If you're driving around our beautiful city and see a group of people wearing lots of pink, give them a shout out. Most likely, they too are feeling as good as I am. I'm ready for the event, physically and emotionally. Emotionally? Yes, we go through a lot of emotions while we walk. I miss my aunt and know that she's very proud of me.
Messages of Love and Support
Year after year, I'm pleasantly surprised at the beautiful messages I receive. The best part, the letters are picked up after the 1st and 2nd day, when I'm most tired. The messages of love and support gets me through the 60 miles.
"Write a letter expressing your love and support to your walker, which we'll deliver to her/him on the event. Getting mail on event can provide a big boost to their spirits. Take a few minutes to write a note which will brighten up their Komen 3-Day experience!
Send letters to:
Susan G. Komen 3-Day Camp Mail
ATTN: Christian Pratt
P.O. Box 3483
Oceanside, CA 92051
Envelopes only, please. No boxes or large packages. Mail must be postmarked no later than November 5 in order to ensure delivery at the 3-Day Camp Post Office. Please note: This address is not the actual location of camp, but a PO Box for mail delivery only. Any mail that is not received by the 3-Day® by November 12 or retrieved by the participant by December 2 will be destroyed."
October's 3-Day Update
In September's update, I mentioned that my friend Cam gave me another reason to continue walking; she's been diagnosed with breast cancer. I appreciate my friends concerns and e-mails. I've let Cam know that you're keeping her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Here's an update on Cam.
You may recall that on August 22nd, her doctor called her with the biopsy results, inflammatory breast cancer. Since then, Cam went in for a PET scan on September 16th. The results of the PET scan changed the diagnosis to Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. The cancer was found on her bones and parts of her liver. Because the cancer has spread to her bones, she's waiting on the bone biopsy results.
The new diagnosis has changed the course of the meds. Instead of the A-C-T-H regimen, she's now on Perjecta Herceptin and Docetaxel. She had her first session yesterday and it lasted 7 hours.
I'm not sure what all of this means because it's overwhelming. For me, fundraising is hard because I don't like asking friends for money. I get some negative feedback from some and it hurts my feelings. It hurts because I have hope that a cure is right around the corner. I have to have hope because hope is what makes my life go round.
Cam and I have known each other for 15+ years. She let me live with her for a while when times got tough. I used to watch her son, Jake, on Fridays and enjoyed many Slurpee's and hot Cheetos with him. I have to have hope because I need Cam in my life for at least another 15+ years. Who knows, I may fall on hard times again and will need to rent another room from her. Although Jake doesn't need babysitting because he's now a young man, I'd enjoy sharing a Slurpee and hot Cheetos with him any day, not just Fridays.
As we enter the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I remind you to please do a self breast exam. Heck, ask your partner to check ;) Keep hope in your hearts. Most importantly, be kind to each other. As Cam has asked us to do, tell someone that you love them.
September's 3-Day Update
Yikes! Where has time gone?
It's mid-September and I only have 2 months, or 10 weeks, or if it sounds more pressing, 64 days to raise the minimum of $2300 to be able to participate in this amazing event and to continue to raise awareness about breast cancer. I've raised $665, 28%, and I'm $1635 away from the minimum and goal.
In case you're wondering, my training is coming along beautifully. I've only had to take a few days off because my back went out after cheering for the AFC half marathon. Apparently, my body prefers to be on the move than the support those on the move.
Last night, I had dinner with my long time friend Cam. She had swelling of her left breast early August. She went to the doctor and was given antibiotics for a possible infection. While she was taking the antibiotics, she had a mammogram and biopsy. On August 22nd she was given the dreaded news, inflammatory breast cancer. On Monday, 9-9, she started chemo.
I don't know about you, but I'm shocked, in a good way, of how fast Cam received her diagnosis. Years ago, things would have moved a lot slower, prolonging treatment and of course that means that the end results would have been different. Organizations like Susan G. Komen have made a huge impact.
Cam shared a startling fact about inflammatory breast cancer, 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with this cancer. That's one in seven! Think about it, it could be your mom, sister, aunt, beast friend, or yourself. I beg you to please continue to support me in this endeavor so that we can continue to make a difference together.
In love and gratitude,
It's been a long time since I've sent an update or a request for a donation. The reason is because I wasn't sure that I wanted to continue to "bother" my friends since it appears that there more and more opportunities to donate to many other charities. With the recession, it's harder for all of us to contribute to important causes.
However, I've decided that the 3-Day is important to me and I want to participate in the San Diego walk in November. This decision came easy to me because I had a wonderful time with my dad last week, as we drove up the coast for a week vacation.
We scheduled the road trip only a few days after his last radiation treatment for prostate cancer. I know that I'm a lucky woman because my dad has survived cancer twice.
Only a few years ago, cancer was a death sentence. Although people still die today of cancer, for the survivors of this dreaded disease, it's an inconvenience.
I ask for you continued support. If you're able, please donate. I need to raise the minimum of $2300. There are 16 weeks until the event and I'm at $545. With your help, I'll be at my goal in no time!