Friends & Family-
2018 marks my 9th year participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-day. As we, Team Michelle, began this journey in 2010 to support our courageous friend, Michelle Buessing, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves in to. Nine years later, we have our biggest team yet (over 40 walkers), have become a non-profit organization that supports people going through breast cancer treatment and breast cancer research, and millions of memories we have made over the thousands of miles we have walked.
What I learned and experienced in those first several years with Susan G. Komen and supporting Michelle through treatment, became an invaluable support that I never imagined I would need. First, in December of 2012 my sister was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoman Insitu (DCIS). Then after what was suppose to be baseline imaging for me, I was diagnosed with DCIS in 2013. Mike and I were living in California with a 3 year old and a 1 year old. About a month after my diagnosis I underwent a 5 hour bilateral mastectomy and lymph node biopsy. We celebrated that my surgeon got clear margins and I was cancer free. DCIS is non-invasive so with this type of surgery, radiation and chemo are not recommended.
2015 was the year I fought infection after infection and after 5 surgeries I was clear of the infection, had found, and had more DCIS removed. My youngest was 6 months old when this series of surgeries started. 2016=3 more surgeries to remove more DCIS and other complications. 2017=a 2nd bilateral mastectomy (it's possible!?) to remove more DCIS and the discovery that I am PALB2 positive, a gene that increases my risk for breast cancer.
October 2017, I had my first ever CLEAR mammogram!!! Phew, that was a relief. I see my surgeon every 6 months and have imaging once a year. So, now I have to do my part to make sure my kids (who may have the PALB2 gene) don't have to face the same decisions, surgeries, and complication that I have faced. After I had been cleared to lift things over 5lbs following my last surgery, I came home from my appointment and Tate (age 2 at the time) asked, "You all better now, you hold me?"
Many of you have supported me in the past and I can't thank you enough! Every year each walker has to raise $2300 in order to walk 60 miles in 3 days. It is a lot! But, over the past year I have gotten to listen to researchers talk about the strides they are making in breast cancer research thanks to Komen funding. I have walked with women and men who have been diagnosed thanks to Komen funded mammograms...we are making a difference. You can click the link below to donate online or I can mail checks, made out to:Susan G. Komen 3 Day
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.