Hey there, remember me? The girl that bugged you for a donation for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day walk for ten years straight? Well - I'm back, ready to walk - but this time with a very different perspective. Here is my deal:
Many of you know: my Mom died from breast cancer when I was 15. #totallysucks #wouldntwishonanyteen
Some of you know: I had a large lump in my throat when I was 18, as a result they removed the right side of my thyroid. They discovered there were cancerous cells in the lump after they removed it. Scar now exists on my neck.
Few of you know: Welp. . .This year, at age 41, has been a bit of a shock. I was diagnosed with a form of thyroid cancer in April, and had the remainder of my thyroid removed on May 2. It was scary going into surgery again, as this time they didn't know if the cancer had spread outside of my thyroid. It didn't. I'm grateful. Now, I have 2 scars on my neck.
As I work with my Dr to get my medication, hormones and metabolism figured out now that my thyroid is completely gone - I admittedly struggle with fatigue, irritability (*I am sorry, Honey!), bloat/weight gain, numbness in my fingers/hand/arm and feet, and more "fun" things like that . . . BUT! I realize daily that I have it good - I did not have to experience chemo or radiation, I have a great support system, I consider myself extremely blessed and finally, I am aware my journey could be worse.
I finally decided that the pity party of 1 is over. I'm taking a stand against cancer, again. I did the first 10 walks and 600 miles in Atlanta to honor my Mom and many other incredibly special people and this time - I'm doing it for ME. It feels selfish you know, something actually just for me. . .I worry daily about my Husband, my family, my friends, my neighbors, my colleagues, even my clients, and I always seem to come last.
There isn't a "thyroid walk" this impactful (yet!), so I've remained committed to walking 60 miles again (BTW - we walk 20 miles a day for 3 days straight and we camp out - no plush shower or hotel bed for us!), but this time our team chose Philadelphia for the 2017 journey. Coincidentally, Philly is a special place for Shane and I as we got engaged there, on the top stair of the Museum of Art (picture Rocky running up the steps and doing his victory dance). I am now excited to make even more special memories in Philly.
Not only is my Husband, Shane, walking with me, but also several fine ladies I've walked with before in Atlanta walks, and some I'm excited to meet. Collectively we are the "Eclectic Soles" and we will walk proudly together next August to raise funds and awareness for a cure for cancer. I believe in my heart that a cure can be found - and I want to be a part of making that happen.
Please visit my fundraising page when you have an opportunity - If you feel inclined to donate, we appreciate it very much. Shane and I each have to raise $2,300 to participate - BUT our goal is $10,000 as a couple, towards our team goal. Let's see if we can get there! We view every donated dollar as a responsibility. We take that responsibility very seriously and would be honored to hear your story of your loved ones and both carry and walk for them on our journey.
We thank you in advance for your time, support, encouragement and prayers.
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