February 11, 2017 was the best day of my life - I got engaged to the love of my life... with a wedding date of June 2, 2018. October 27, 2017 was the worst day of my
life... I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I was numb. I was blindsided. No family history on either side of the family, and at age 49, I never in a million years expected this. After a month of lots of testing I had a lumpectomy the day after Thanksgiving . After surgery, they were able to correctly stage it and it was labeled stage 2. With my impending wedding I agonized over choosing my course of treatment, as I did not want to be bald for my wedding. I had a choice of radiation only or chemo and radiation. I chose chemo and radiation. Even though this meant losing all of my hair, I wanted to be sure that if it were to reoccur I had done everything I possibly could have to prevent it. I began chemo treatments on Jan 3, 2018 finishing on March 21 and then began 4 weeks of daily radiation on April 9, finishing on May 4... exactly one month before my wedding.
This was a journey I never expected or wanted, BUT it was not as bad as I anticipated it would be. I was able to maintain a relatively normal work schedule and continue with my fitness regime which I think helped make it more manageable than expected. This has been one crazy year, one filled with great sadness AND great joy... but I completed my treatments in May, got married to the love of my life in June and will celebrate my 50th birthday in August. I am blessed and will end this journey with nothing but happiness and a greater appreciation for the small things in life.
This year, I registered for the event because I wanted to take 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.
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