Hi, my name is Betty Topley.
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. 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.
Spring of 2005 was great.. I had finished the work on a new room addition. My best friend was getting married in June and I was helping her make the arrangements, flowers, dress, food etc. Around mid May I started feeling tired, run-down. Different ones told me to slow down I was pushing myself to hard. My response was "as soon as the wedding is over". The day after the wedding I went to clean up the reception hall. I was so weak I wasn't any help at all.
The next morning (Monday) I went to see my doctor. He told me I had pneumonia and sent me straight to the hospital for x-rays and to be admitted. As he was making his rounds that evening, he came to my room. "Betty", he said " the x-rays confirmed the pneumonia but it also picked up something else. You have a mass showing in your right breast. You have Breast Cancer."
I was stunned! No one in my family had ever had breast cancer. It was never brought up or discussed. Mom had passed away from Melanoma and Lung cancer took my dad. But Breast cancer?
He set up an appointment for me to see a specialist at UVA. (University of Va). The doctor there confirmed that it was Breast cancer. He suggested surgery to remove my right breast. I had the surgery in Aug of 2005. That started a roller coaster in my life. I had stage 3 Metastatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. After my masectomy, over the course of 16 weeeks I had 8 chemo treatments (Adriamycin, Cytoxan, and Taxol), followed by 33 radiation treatments.
I had a fantastic support team. My husband who has never missed any of my appointments, my 3 children, my family, which is quite large and my friends. I was told I would lose my hair which didn't bother me. However that 1st lock came as a surprise. I was sitting on the sofa and my husband walked by. He told me my hair was sticking up, but when he reached to smooth it down, it came out. Good laugh over that one!
In 2007, my daughter, Mollie,saw the tv commercial about Susan G Komen and the 3 day walk. She wanted us to start participating. That was the beginning of The 3 Day for us.We registered for the walk in D.C., she as a walker and I was crew in 2008. The years 2009, 2010, 2011 we walked or crewed in D.C. In 2012, we crewed in Atlanta. Back to D.C. in 2013 as crew. We also did the Global Race for the Cure in D.C. in 2013. 2014, 2015 and 2016 we walked and crewed Philadelphia. We met a great group of people and joined their team "Friends with Heart".
During these years we have laughed with, cried with, and cried for people with the same journey that we are on. In camp there is a white Remembrance Tent that anyone who has lost a family member or friend to the big "C" word, can write their names on. The feeling you get when you go in and see the names and pictures there, cannot be put into words.
This year, 2018, we plan on walking in Philadelphia. We commit ourselves to raise $2300 when we walk. When we have crewed, we also raised money to help other walkers to meet their goal. I am reaching out to anyone that can help me meet my goal.. If you could donate $100, it would only take 23 people. 46 people donating $50 would also get me there. Any amount you could spare will be appreciated.