In August 2015 I set a goal to run the World Best 10K in Puerto Rico. It was the CHALLENGE of the year for me because I had never run long distances. I consider myself a determined and resilient woman, so I began training. As a thriving runner, I sat down with my planner in January 2016 and scheduled a race every month to keep me focused on my running goals. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on May 8 of 2016 was one of them. Little did I know what a profound impact scheduling this race would have on my life today.
On February 14, 2016, I ran my first 5K race in benefit of the Julia Strong Colon Cancer Organization in Puerto Rico, and it was an amazing experience as it charged me for the upcoming World Best 10K. That afternoon as I showered, I felt a lump on my breast and did not know what to think of it. I did not want to alarm my family nor myself.
The next day I shared my concerns with my husband and made a doctor's appointment right away. Within the same week, I met with my doctor and was referred for a mammogram and ultrasound. Mammogram results were negative, however, since the lump was palpable a biopsy needed to be scheduled. I was scheduled to fly to Puerto Rico to run my first 10K on February 28th and with my doctorâ€™s blessing and encouragement I was able to do so.
Mind you, I had just had a yearly physical in July, I had been eating super clean, and I felt in the BEST physical condition ever. I was happy, excited, and in my mind, there was no way something could be wrong because my life felt GREAT.
I ran the race still thinking everything would be fine. To my surprise and disbelief, three days later the biopsy results were in - I was diagnosed with breast cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma). On that day, time stopped for a few minutes and the moment will forever be embedded in my memory.
Instead of just being a thriving runner, I am now A THRIVING SURVIVOR IN THE MAKING and this year I have a much more personal reason to partake in the Komen Race for the Cure besides just scheduling it on my planner. I want to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.
My family and friends have been my biggest cheerleaders, standing side by side with me in this fight since my diagnosis.
This year I'm walking/running again and would love for you to join me on Sunday, May 12, 2019, to celebrate survivorship and raise funds to end breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
I hope to raise at least $1,000.00 for breast cancer research and community programs that might save the lives of countless other mothers, sisters, and aunts.
Together, we are fueling the best science, boldest community, and the most significant impact in the fight against breast cancer. And we will not stop until this disease is gone forever. As a team, let's gather together in the spirit of healing, hope, love, and let's do it
Will you please join me in this fight by joining my TEAM MLG or making a donation today? CLICK HERE to register or make a donation: http://info-komen.org/goto/TEAM-MLG2016
Joy & Peace,
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