When I was younger not much crossed my mind besides the occasional thought of what I would eat for dinner or if I would be able to go over to my friend's house after a dance lesson. Being as young as I was, hearing the word Cancer for the first time, I also did not think much of it. Little did I know that this word "cancer" would do so much to me and my family.
My mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer first and soon after her long and strenuous fight against it, my grandmother had also been diagnosed. Through long hours of treatments, medications, surgeries, and chemotherapy, though both my grandmother and mother came out of this fight as winners and both my family and I could not be more blessed to have had this be the outcome. Although it was successful, we all know it was NOT easy. I remember many nights when I was young hearing my mom moan and groan in pain as she tried getting out of bed and doing simple tasks as the treatments just took all the energy out of her. I can remember many times where my mom would lay in bed sad and upset with how she felt even though she could not help but feel any other way. I also remember that she never gave up. Through all the pain and the sadness, though, my mom and grandmother fought so hard and did everything they could to show their strength daily to my brother, cousin, and I let us know that anything is possible and to never give up. I look up to them daily because of it as I know anyone would.
I know many face the obstacles of being diagnosed with cancer or knowing someone who is diagnosed with it, some may come to find a success story and others may, unfortunately, have their lives taken by this awful disease but overall everyone affected by it is a fighter and deserves to be recognized for all they do and for all their strength. And that's why I decided to walk.
This year I will be participating in the 3-day walk with my mother's team "The Happy Hooters" alongside some amazing women who were there to accompany my mother and my family when we needed them the most and alongside my outstanding mother herself in order to recognize her strength as well as the millions of others who have been affected by this disease year after year. Please help my team and I raise our goals to save lives around the world and continue to kick cancers butt! Thank you!