It's a scary word, Cancer. Nobody willingly gives access for the disease to develop. Sure we all engage in behaviors that also may not deter it, such as tanning, smoking, or even just eating. The point is that there is no way that any of us can be guaranteed a cancer free life.
I have always been interested in helping others. The careers that call to me are evidence of my need to contribute: education, nursing/medicine and psychology. I recently found a new way to help others; others that I don't even know.
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|In the days before cancer changed our lives.|
Fast forward another five years and we are once again faced with the devastating disease. My father's father learned he would battle cancer of the pancreas. It was a short battle which he lost within 6 months of starting. In this loss, it was not so much that he was gone, he had lived a full life. The hard part was seeing my aunts, uncles, and father, who are usually so full of life, in such sadness.
We were spared the pain of cancer for a while, but about a decade later, one aunt was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought with all of her might, but in the end she was not match for the disease. She was ready to go and had been in a calm states just a few days before she took her last few breaths. I was present for this transition from life to death and it was humbling, painful, a relief. I now understood what my family had protected me from so many years ago.
And so, my sister and another aunt, whose diagnosis I don't remember because I was too young, have been the only cancer survivors in our family.
Breast cancer has not touched our family and I intend to keep it that way. I am doing my part by committing, with your help, to walk 60 miles in three days. I am doing this for everyone, not just my family, but for those who can't do it because the chemo has them weak. For my friend Donna who recently underwent treatments for breast cancer and for you. I am hoping to honor all of my financial supporters in some way while completing the walk.
No amount is to small. Can you give $100? $50? 10? How about $10 for 5 months? You choose, no amount is too small. Thank you from the bottom of my breast. That's where my heart is after all.