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“Continue to Fight, Continue to Live”
I recently watched a Stef's Champions video highlighting the cancer journey of several survivors and the care givers that stayed by their side. A flood of memories came back to me and the tears started to flow as I connected with these families and their journeys. At a healthy 47, I found a mass in my breast despite a clear report on my yearly mammogram that I had just 3 months earlier. I inherently knew what I had discovered. I went into action, getting into my doctor within days. The subsequent biopsy revealed cancer. I then went into fight mode. I was in surgery in just weeks after my diagnosis. My fight plan- Get IT out and move on with my life. Cancer had other plans for me. When the labs came back, the news knocked me down: invasive lobular cancer, grade 3, with positive lymph nodes. When I picked myself up, a dear friend recommended that I go the James and meet with Dr. Farrar. I did, and decided to align with what I would call the “A team”. The fight would involve lymph node excision surgery, clinical trial of chemo, radiation, and then a protocol of Tamoxifen & Letrozole. I fought because I wanted to live. I had to fight because I needed to be there for my daughter. I was able to fight because people stuck by me and loved me anyway.
I ride because I can. Too many are fighting this beast, and for some, time ran out before the disease was conquered in their body. What each family would give to have that one treatment or trial that saved the precious life.
When we join the Pelotonia team in whatever way (rider, volunteer, donation) we choose to be part of something bigger~ a community that will help others continue to fight, continue to live.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support my ride. My participation in Pelotonia is deeply personal and fills me with great passion & purpose.
* YOU are making a difference! Pelotonia is able to direct 100 % of every rider-raised dollar to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.