Relay for life is a family affair

Blessing in Diguise

My Breast Cancer journey began November 30, 2005. I had just turned 33 and was busy with life. My children were 4 and 6 at the time.

I was preparing for minor surgery in a few weeks and went to the doctor for a routine physical. During that exam, my doctor found a lump in my right breast. He thought it was nothing - I was too young to have cancer. He suggested a mammogram just to be safe. To everyone's surprise, I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ.

A few weeks later, I had a masectomy. I returned to work part-time just 4 weeks later. The next several months were filled with reconstructive surgeries and doctors' visits.

Our lives were turned upside down. Every night I wondered what would happen to my kids. I worried that if something happened to me, they might not even remember me. My husband would hold me as I cried. Secretly, he had the same fears.

Then I decided that I was going to fight back! I was going to beat this disease and I was going to do everything I could to make sure no one else's children had to face the fear and uncertainty that mine were facing.

I became involved with the American Cancer Society. My family and friends helped me to form a relay for life team that has raised several thousands dollars in a few short years. I am now co-chairing Relay for Life of Metamora.

I also registered for the Breast Cancer 3-Day. The 3-Day is a 3 day, 60 mile walk to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I recruited my former college roommate to walk with me and began preparing. Not only did I have to train for the walk, but I had also committed to raising over $2000. I surpassed that goal and I survived all 60 miles.

Through this entire journey, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I am strong and courageous. I learned not to sweat the small stuff - it really doesn't matter. I learned that God doesn't give you more than you can handle. And I learned that each day I wake up and look at my babies that I am truly blessed!

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shutterbug78 says ... on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:42 PM

You are awsome, I have 4 cousins your age on my dad's side that are fighting it. Robin was in remission and did not have money for follow ups she passed away last year. I didn't know she needed money. Everyone,...don't be afraid to ask for help.

Shari Lynne says ... on Tuesday, Sep 16 at 11:46 PM

Bless you for sharing your story. I'm glad you learned that God is there for you. He always is.

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