Today, I've been asked to share my story of overcoming and surviving breast cancer. I'm happy to do so because I want to encourage and inspire others who are experiencing what I have experienced.
I was 28 years old when my doctor told
me I had breast cancer. Words I never expected to hear. I was
healthy and exercised daily. I had breastfed my daughter for a year.
I had no family history.
After navigating through the shock of
my diagnosis, it was time to fight. I can vividly remember looking
at my daughter sleeping peacefully that Sunday night, while my mind
was racing with fear and anxiety. I
told my Mom, "I'm more scared of how she is going to have
to see me go through this". And that's when my fight really
I went through many treatments and
procedures over the course of the next couple of years. As of
December 2010, I was done. I am done. No more surgeries, no more
chemo. I'm cancer free...but that's just one side of my story.
The other side is, I am a breast
cancer SURVIVOR! I have learned so much about how strong I can be
and myself. I was inspired by a survivor here in Austin, Texas, who
said that she "didn't
want to waste her cancer." When I heard that, it really struck
a chord with me. I knew that what I had been through stunk. It was
hard. I didn’t want to do it again. But I also knew I had to do
something with it. I may have been cancer free, but I wasn’t done.
That is the other side of my story… and it’s just beginning.
Earlier this year, I was chosen as one
of eleven Models of Courage for Ford Warriors in Pink. What an
incredible experience! Models of Courage are survivors from across
the United States--nine women and two men--that are doing something
with their cancer. Ford Motor Company has raised more than $115
million dollars to fight against breast cancer in the past eighteen
years. You can watch a new documentary featuring the Warriors in
Pink program, Bang the Drum: Living Out Loud in the Face of Breast
Cancer, at their website fordcares.com.
I'm also very proud that the company I
work for, WTA, is helping in the fight against breast cancer with
their Go Pink Campaign, which has raised nearly $13,000 for breast
cancer awareness, treatment and research over the last 4 years. You
can learn more at gopinkwta.com
Please consider contributing
to or joining
our Race for the Cure Team, Forever Young, and help us race towards
ending this disease.