This is my mom's miracle story.
In 1998 my mother's world was turned upside. She was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer and was given 6 months to live. I was only 12 years old at the time and my world flipped right along with hers. From chemotherapy to talking about the options, doctors still had no HOPE that she would survive.
I remember spending nights alone in our 1 bedroom apartment with my little sister while my mom was in the hospital fighting for her life. She became a bag of bones and was very weak so I had to do whatever I could to help her. I remember one day sitting down with my grandma after church and she told me that I needed to be prepared for the worst. But I didn't want to prepare! That was my mom and I needed to have HOPE that she would beat breast cancer.
Living with stage IV breast cancer for 4 years took a toll and it eventually spread through her entire body. She then had congestive heart failure and landed in the ICU. The doctors told us that there was nothing else they could do for her and that she would pass away within the week.
A family friend would pick my sister and I up to go visit her and we would sit there in shock. She could barely talk or open her eyes. My heart broke every second I was in that room.
At the end of the week we got a call that my mom was being released from the hospital. I was so overwhelmed with happiness but also very confused. The doctors couldn't explain it but she was completely free of cancer. The CT scans showed no signs of it...it simply just disappeared.
It was a miracle and that is her miracle story.
I so wish she was the one writing this and telling this story herself. I wish I was writing this for US, for OUR team, for OUR walk.
She lived a great and miraculous 15 more years after battling breast cancer but the cancer returned in 2008 in the form of stage IV Sarcoma. She fought that for 8 more year until it took her life on February 19, 2016.
I sat there and watched the life get sucked out of a beautiful person. It's a pain that I will never get rid of. A pain I would never wish on someone.
She always wanted to do the 3-day walk because she beat breast cancer, she survived! We talked about walking this together someday, but life took over. So I'm now keeping that promise and doing the 3-day walk in honor of my beautiful mother.
Whether you've been affected by cancer personally or not, please support me to fulfill my mom's wish.
This is more than pink ribbons and tutus. This is about bringing hope where hope is lost. It's about bringing early detection and resources to those who need it the most. This is about a fight that we all need to be fighting.
If you made it to this point, thank you for taking the time to read. Please help me reach my goal of $2300 for the November event in San Diego.
Much love, Christine