Meet our 2015 Honorary Team New Balance Survivor, Tara Ingling! The Honorary Team New Balance was formed in 1995 to celebrate stories of survival. For each Race for the Cure, the Affiliate has the opportunity to choose a local survivor to be a part of Honorary Team New Balance. These members are honored for their personal perseverance against breast cancer and dedication to raising breast cancer awareness.
I was 37 years old, had no family history of breast cancer, and NO risk factors. So why did a voice inside my head continue to tell me I needed to have a mammogram? I asked my OB/GYN for two years to order a baseline mammogram for me, but she felt it was not necessary. Finally, the third year that voice was no longer a whisper so I decided I would not take no for an answer.
After several mammograms and a biopsy I was diagnosed with high grade DCIS (aggressive ductal carcinoma in situ). Luckily, my cancer was caught very early and considered to be stage 0 or 1. The fact that I have two young children that need me around for a long time made my decision on how I wanted to treat this cancer pretty simple. I wanted to do what gave me the best survival rate and what would help me to live my life without constantly worrying and looking over my shoulder. I chose to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction.
With the support of my amazing husband, family, friends, and an incredible team of doctors, I am proud to say that as of March 21, 2015 I am a two year survivor. There were certainly days that I asked God, “Why me?” But I have tried to turn that around and ask him, “What can I learn from this and how can I help others?” I began volunteering for Susan G. Komen and have met, and hopefully helped, several women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Along this journey I have met so many amazing and inspiring survivors as well as some women I will forever call my friends.
As a dear friend of mine once said, “We should all be so in love with each day.” If you take anything from my story, please live each day with a purpose and never forget to listen when God is speaking to you.