In 2002, I walked with my sister Carol in my first 60 mile, 3-Day walk for the fight against Breast Cancer. After that first walk, Carol and I promised each other we would continue walking until they found a cure, or until we physically could no longer do it. Over the years, I developed arthritis which led to pain in my left knee due to fracturing my femur as a child. Although I wasn't in pain while performing acts of daily living, walking 60 miles left me in excruciating pain and I thought it might be time to hang up my walking shoes. My doctor said I was a candidtate for a knee replacement and I hoped that this would allow me to continue supporting a good cause. So, in January 2015 I had my knee replaced. Unfortunately, after a series of complications, I was left with a knee that now was painful every single day. I've continued to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walks these last 3 years with encouragement from my sister and pure determnation; but with my knee becoming more painful, again I was faced with the possibility that my walking days were over. Finally, this past January, I found a new doctor that was able to determine why I was having so much pain and I had a revision of that knee replacement. Even though it's been a long, rough recovery, I'm on the road again training!!! I'm happy to say,Carol and I will be going to Seattle and I will walk in my 25th 60 mile walk!
Please support me as I take on this 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 breast cancer. That’s why I’m walking, and raising money—and because, "there but for the grace of God"....I still can!!!