When I started this blog, I vowed to keep it about my writing and not about personal information. So, this post is breaking that vow for the first time, but I do it because it needs to be done and I have a story to share with all my lj buddies.
As some of you already know, and for those who don't know, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in April 2009. In May I underwent a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction following. In June, I began the debilitating process of chemotherapy, finished at the end of September, had another surgery, and started radiation in December. I will be finished with radiation on January 18th, 4 days before my birthday, nice present, huh!? I will continue to get infusions of a drug called Herceptin every 3 weeks until July 2010, and then undergo an additional surgery. So my journey is quite a long one, but one that I must take, and I do so bravely.
Right now I am fortunate to be cancer free, it was removed with surgery, and with the help of the chemotherapy and radiation, I pray that it remains gone. Had it not been for the many many years of research and dedication of scientists and doctors, I don't know where I would be right now, or even if I would be here.
It is my duty to give back to those who have made it possible for me to live. In September of this year I will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-day Breast Cancer Walk in Seattle where we walk a total of 60 miles. Every participant is required to raise $2300.00, but I can't do it alone. I am asking, even in these tough times, if you will help by making a donation. Even $5 helps.
I must walk, not just for myself, but for the millions of women who can't, who won't ever get to, and for those who have not been diagnosed yet. This is how I make my stand. One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
I pray that none of you or your loved ones ever have to be faced with this disease. Hug your wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, nieces, friends, aunts and grandma's, and cherish every second you have with them, because you never know when it may be your last.
If you are willing to donate, just click on the link below and it will take you directly to my personal donation page on the Susan G. Komen website. Thank you for your help and support. God bless you all!
Team Name: "The Knocker Walkers"