I don't think anyone ever expects to get the news that I received after going in for a mammogram last year. There was nothing that could have prepared me for when I received those results.
One seemingly normal morning, I was showering before work; only this morning would be the beginning of a chain of events that would change my life forever. On this morning, I felt a small lump on my breast.
I waited a few weeks to see if it would go away but it didn't. I called the doctor and scheduled a mammogram.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer with Metaplastic Features was the prognosis. I was a 52 year old, perfectly healthy mother and grandmother to a beautiful toddler. All I could think about was how unfair this was. I didn't drink, I didn't smoke, I didn't abuse drugs, I always ate healthy; why me? I was always the responsible person. Why was this happening to me?
And then my sons told me that I was the strongest person they ever met. They told me that if anyone could defeat this, it was me. I never understood why people viewed me as a strong person; I always just did what had to get done. When I said that to my sons, they laughed and said that this was no different. I had to get healthy.
And at that point my journey began to beat my breast cancer. I was fortunate enough to have amazing family and friends who assembled what my doctors came to call "The Dream Team" who would accompany me to appointments, meetings, treatments, etc. I was very lucky to have them, especially my sisters JoAnn and Patty, my son Kevin, and my son Bob and Daughter-in-law Cindi. This is why I am doing the Race for the Cure. I realized throughout this process, people coming together is how we will eventually find a cure!
This year, my daughter-in-law Cindi remembered that I wanted to be part of the race last year but wasn't well enough. She prompted me to do it this year, therefore we registered for the Komen Race for the Cure because we wanted to take further action and be More Than Pink™. I want to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer and need your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today in support of my fundraising efforts.
Your support helps us get one step closer to a world without breast cancer. 75 percent of the money raised through the Race stays in the community to fund local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The remaining 25 percent supports groundbreaking breast cancer research.
Together, we are fueling the best science, boldest community and biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer. And we will not stop until this disease is gone forever. That's our promise. Will you please join me in this fight by making a donation today?
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