Today, I attended the Making Strides Breast Cancer walk kick off breakfast for my town, Staten Island.
I was floored by how amazing the event was and how emotional I felt at it. I am kind of your average ice princess type of person. I find it impossible to cry in public, in fact, I rarely do. Today, my eyes welled up a bunch of times and for those who know me well, you know that is insane.
Before you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it is hard to understand why cancer is considered a "journey" by some people (I am trying not to use those kinds of words because to me, cancer is just something I have to become a survivor from - hence the title of this post - not something I am traveling through).
When you are first diagnosed, you kind of think to yourself, "OK, I will do X and Y and Z and then I will be done." and it does not really work like that but if you read about people in the media or movies about cancer than you are not to be blamed for your assumption. Every story I read about cancer is about how so and so beat cancer like immediately after surgery. I do know that none of my doctors will say that without many years of cancer free screenings and follow ups.
Today, I got to wear a "Survivor" sash and show all and sundry that I am beating this disease - though to me the term survivor means I am done and have beaten it, for today I was able to taste what it felt like to be considered, "Cured". It was an amazing feeling and something I will strive for or as I like to say I am training to be a survivor.
Me, today, with my Survivor Sash at Making Strides Breast Cancer Kick Off Meeting
I was at the event representing my team, LiLi's Team, for the fundraiser. My co-attendee was my lovely daughter and we had a wonderful time listening to the speakers, Holly of BlindMotherhood was one as were a few others. Holly really spoke to me - just with layers of hope and humanity and strength and it gave me shivers thinking about how much she has endured and continues to endure as she deals with her survivor-ship of cancer.
This disease is ugly and brutal and no one wants to join this club. Unfortunately, we learned today that every two minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. This is why I am walking - to do something, to help someone else who is going through this disease. The American Cancer Society offers so much help and assistance to those going through the disease from the Look Good Feel Good training sessions to actually giving rides to people to their treatments.
My team link is below and I would love if you would consider to join my team or to donate towards my goal. I am so blessed to have amazing friends and family who helped me every step of the way and I think it is necessary to give back, to try to help others. Cancer sucks and no matter what, anything we can do to help others is just something that is so important to me now that I am clawing and training my way to being a survivor. I am including pictures below of the event, held at The Vanderbilt and also my videos on the event and of course my team link to the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk. Thanks for sharing this post and helping me reach and exceed my goal!
Special thanks for the Making Strides Staten Island event team for making me feel like a survivor!
Link to LiLi's Team: Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk - pls donate or join my team :) main.acsevents.org/goto/lilisteam
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