This is personal for me. I was 39 years old when I had my very first mammogram. I thought nothing of it when they needed me to come back for more pictures; until I was told that they needed me to get a biopsy because the Doctor didn’t like what she was seeing. I was told over the phone that I had breast cancer; while sitting in the parking lot of my job, getting ready to walk in to work.
It was October 1, 2012; the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Hearing news like that can really catch you off guard. I knew I needed to get more information and I wasn’t sure where to start.
I was diagnosed early in the game with Stage 0 Ductal Carcinoma in-Situ in my left breast. I opted for a double mastectomy because of my then 4 year old daughter. I wasn’t taking any chances of my breast cancer reoccurring and not being able to take care of my daughter or have her see me suffer down the road. I had several surgeries over the course of the next year but was very fortunate to not have to suffer through treatments like Chemotherapy or radiation. After all of my recovery, I knew I needed to get involved to help raise awareness for all the women and men that would get this same news one day.
Here I am now ten years later, having walked in eleven (11) 3-day city walks since September 2013; consisting of 60 miles each city walk, which took place in Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, and San Diego. I will be walking in 2 more 3-day city walks this year, which will include walking in Chicago for a total of 780 miles walked. The walk is hard, but not as hard as breast cancer. It’s not as hard as chemo. It’s not as hard as getting bad news at your latest scan. It’s not as hard as saying goodbye. And that is why I have to do this. That is why I commit. That is why I am raising money- to end Breast Cancer.
It is such an honor to walk alongside those who have fought, who are still fighting, or who are walking in honor of or in memory of someone who has lost their fight. I walk with my fellow teammates, Walk Now, Wine later where 2 of our members are Survivors! Each participant must raise a minimum of $2300 to be able to walk. To date, I have raised over $30,000 in support of this cause and continue to raise more.
I hope that with your help, we can really help change the lives of those who still have yet to hear the news of their breast cancer and to be able to provide them with the resources to help them fight and come out of this as a fellow Survivor.
Thank you for your love and support!