For those of you that know me, you'll know that raising funds for breast cancer awareness and research is very important to me and my family. In November 2010, I was diagnosed at the age of 34 with invasive ductile carcinoma. There is no breast cancer history in my family and I was otherwise a fairly healthy person in decent shape. But cancer does not discriminate.
Not even a week before I received my test results, my husband (then finance) proposed. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions as later that week I'd find out I had cancer. Although the tumor they found was somewhat small, they found cancer in my lymph nodes while performing the node biopsy during my lumpectomy. Because of this, I went through chemotherapy and radiation, and was on hormone therapy (tamoxifen) for two years. Although every check up test is stressful, luckily they've all come back clear. Praise the Lord!
Joey and I were married on October 6, 2012 and were blessed with a healthy and beautiful little girl, Aubrey Jane, born on April 29, 2014. We weren't sure if chemo would throw me into menopause, and we decided not to freeze eggs because we wanted to leave it in God's hands. So you can imagine the thrill of learning we were pregnant!
The most important message I want to pass along to people is to take charge of their health. Ask questions if things don't seem right. Get second opinions. Ask to have tests performed to confirm suspicions. Had my OBGYN sent me in for a mammogram or ultrasound the first time I told her about the soreness in my breast when I was 27, maybe I would've caught it earlier and the cancer wouldn't have spread. My doctor passed it off as fibrocystic breasts and said to lay off the caffeine. I had "no history of breast cancer and was way too young....".
I registered for the Komen Race for the Cure because I want to continue make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.
**I want to help find a cure so my daughter doesn't have to worry if it'll happen to her.**
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today in support of my fundraising efforts.
You can donate online with your credit card by clicking the button above my fundraising thermometer.
Your support helps us get one step closer to a world without breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of the money raised through the Race stays in the community to fund local breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The remaining 25 percent supports groundbreaking breast cancer research.
Together, we are fueling the best science, boldest community and biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer. And we will not stop until this disease is gone forever. That’s our promise. Will you please join me in this fight by making a donation today?