This is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. On August 9, 2010, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. On October 11, 2010 I had a double mastectomy. The cancer was worse than they thought and it had spread to the lymph nodes. 2011 was a very tough year for me as not only did I battle the Breast Cancer but just as I was finishing this battle, I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. I had a Carcinoid Tumor in the main airway to the left lung causing it to collapse. Thank goodness, for a great lung cancer specialist in St. Louis that froze the tumor to get rid of it. Once the tumor was gone, my left lung inflated and I was breathing better!
One of the main highlights in 2011, was my first Susan G. Komen Ozark Race of the Cure. When I received my survivor shirt I thought I am not a survivor, I am still fighting this! On the day of the race, my daughter had come to walk with me along with a few co-workers. I didn’t go to the Survivor Breakfast because I didn’t feel like a survivor. We were getting ready for the Family Fun Walk and I looked over the hill and I saw the sea of pink, the ladies wearing their Survivor Shirts! I suddenly felt the awesome feeling come over me. I was one of them, I was a Survivor!! I decided then, I was going to continue working and help raise as much as I could for this cause. I certainly didn’t want anyone else to have to go through what I have been through!
It has now been 7 years since that first race and this year I will have my Sister, Daughter, 4 Granddaughters plus co-workers and friends walking with me at the race!! I am so blessed to still be here and Cancer Free!!! You can’t ask more than that!!