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. . last April 2016, at age 41, was a HUGE shock for me. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and had the remainder of my thyroid removed 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 Doctors to get my medication, hormones and metabolism figured out now that my thyroid is completely gone - I have struggled badly with with fatigue, irritability (*I am sorry, Honey!), depression, bloat, weight gain and more. I am happy to report that the last 60 days have been encouraging for me, as my Endocrinologist has found what seems like a solution for my thyroid replacement medicine and things seem to be working internally much better. Your thyroid sends oxygen to every organ and controls your metabolism - so, try doing life without that organ...!!! It has admittedly been a crappy journey, but I am grateful to "see the light" again and am feeling better than ever now.
The pity party of 1 is OVER.
I am walking 60 miles with my Husband and 10 other teammates in Philadelphia this August and appreciate every kind word of support and your generosity through donations. This will be a big moment for me, to have the strength, the stamina and the energy to take on an initiative such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day. Walking across that finish line on Sunday, August 27th, 2017 will be a significant milestone for me and I am grateful to those of you who will help get me there.
Please send me the names of your loved ones so I can carry them on the journey with me - I am doing the walk for Me, but I am also doing it for those who cannot. Thank you for your continued support. #eclecticsoles
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