It all started with Chicken Pot Pie. Keith was supposed to be on a diet so when he called me to tell me, “He was cooking pot pie for dinner” I reminded him that is not on his diet. Eyes bigger than his stomach he made one pie too many. At that time one of my good friends in the neighborhood had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and had just completed her first chemo treatment. I asked Keith if it was ok if I could bring that extra chicken pot pie over to my friend and her family. He said yes…so I went. In visiting with my friend and seeing the pain she was enduring from the treatment I began to be concerned for myself since I hadn’t kept my mammogram appointments for almost two years. So when I got home I decided to do a self-breast exam. As I began to feel around my worst nightmare became my reality…I felt a lump. I asked Keith to come to the bathroom to feel. He stood their motionless knowing what I was asking him to do. He was still trying to cope with the loss of his father to bladder cancer only 6 short months before…He said with tears welling up in his eyes, “I can’t…no way…not possible that my Dad…and then you…un-effing believable…NO…you can’t make this sh#t up!” Well, it was true. The doctors confirmed that I had breast cancer and after all of the test were run it was an aggressive non hormonal genetic mutation form of breast cancer. Only two short weeks later and THE FIGHT WAS ON! So after a years’ worth of hell treating with strong chemotherapy, double mastectomy, and reconstruction…I’m CANCER FREE! I had a TON of support from family and friends across my neighborhood and beyond. The prayers were endless and impactful…God IS GOOD and thank God for Chicken Pot Pie!
Although my story so far has ended with a happy ending and we are readjusting to life without fighting cancer, many others stories are not and there are many others still fighting against this evil disease. So this year, I’m forming “TEAM 60" and want to give back and make an impact in the fight against breast cancer in a different way so I’ve joined Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk! I want to help Susan G. Komen save lives and end breast cancer forever. We are forming TEAM 60 (named after my father in laws state championship high school jersey number) in order to honor my father in law who was taking by cancer and the many others still effected by taking my first step towards a world without breast cancer by raising funds to stop this disease that affects 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. As the world’s largest and most impactful breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen supports more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside the U.S. government, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.
You can make a donation online with your credit card by clicking the button above my fundraising thermometer.
Thank you for supporting me in Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk as I participate in support of ending breast cancer forever.