Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer- The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days—it’s a journey to the end of breast cancer.
On July 24th, I gave birth to my second son, and we were thrilled with our big boy. His older brother and grandparents were equally excited and we had great spirits that day.
But there was a nagging worry behind the smiles. I had found a lump in my breast about a month before Eric’s birth, and really did not think much about it until I went to the hospital to deliver him. At that point, my doctor told me that she would have a surgeon in to look at that immediately. At the time, it still just seemed like caution, but I was still a bit nervous. But, at 31, having breast cancer was the last thing that I was thinking.
The next morning, I had a biopsy, and suddenly my day went from normal to weird, culminating with the awful moment when the nurse took my son away and my husband, doctor, and mom entered the room to tell me the awful news- “you have breast cancer”.
They say you do not hear much when you get your diagnosis, and that is so true. I was terrified that I would die before my beautiful boys would grow up. I had no idea what treatment I needed. I was however, blessed, to have a wonderful family and a doctor who guided me through it all. That same doctor, Sheryl Cowan, challenged and inspired me then to do my first Race for the Cure…. Bald, exhausted, post second surgery, with a newborn and a 2 year old, but I DID it. The moment in that race when I turned around and saw a sea of pink survivor hats is forever etched in my mind. I realized at that precise moment that I had an army of warriors behind me and I knew that I was not alone.
And so, I walked in many races, and made many milestones…. 1 year survivor, 5 year survivor, 10 year survivor, and this year- 20 years. At the time of my diagnosis, even 5 years was not terribly optimistic. But with amazing oncologists, great medications, and a world of support, I kept going and hitting those milestones. I was able to see my kids graduate kindergarten, 6th grade, high school, and this year- my oldest graduated from college and headed off to medical school. Along the way we added a daughter, and so now I walk for her as well. I never expected to see these events, and I am blessed beyond measure. And my story is a direct success story for the Komen Foundation, who funds so much research and so many programs for all women.
Won’t you join me by supporting me both with donations and prayers? This walk will be challenging, but so was cancer, and I beat that… so now I walk to end this disease for all women. And if you cannot donate, please pray for strength for this journey.