Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer. I'm walking in the Seattle and the Dallas Susan G. Komen 3-Days this fall. Thats two 60 mile walks! In 2016, Komen announced a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. That’s why I’m walking, and raising money—to make that goal a reality.
My Breast Cancer Story
In 2016 I went for my yearly check-up and mentioned to my doctor some pain I'd been having in my right breast that truthfully, I had been ignoring for a couple of months. There was a small voice in my head that said, "what if it's breast cancer" but I ignored it. My doctor examined me and immediately knew things didn't look good. She sent me straight to the hospital for a mammogram. The drive over was terrifying. The next day I had multiple biopsies on my right breast and was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer on January 19, 2016. That day my life completely changed and has never been the same again.
I'd like to say that everything I heard from my wonderful doctors, that we'd caught it early enough and the treatments they were planning would take care of it, meanting I'm cancer free now but that's not how my story went. My breast surgeon ordered a brain MRI "just to be safe" because she saw activity in the lymph nodes in my neck. The MRI showed multiple lesions on my brain and I was rediagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer in February 2016. Since that time I've had 3 gamma knife procedures, a craniotomy to remove one tumor from my brain and I'm on my third round of chemotherapy participating in a clinical trial at UT Southwestern Dallas. I am blessed to have no evidence of disease!
I can absolutley say without any doubt that I would not still be here if it weren't for my doctors and the treatments they have given me. It is because of research Susan G. Komen has been able to fund that at my last appointment with my breast oncologist, she said "We have so many more options for patients than we did just a few years ago." That is such a gift to me and everyone facing all forms of cancer at all stages!