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I’ve joined the fight. Will you?
On Saturday, September 16, 2017, I will be participating in West Cancer Center’s signature fundraising event, West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk. With an array of fitness activities, including Road Bike Rides at three distances, a 5K Run, and a one-mile Tribute Walk, this event will support the comprehensive needs and resources for cancer patients, right here in the Mid-South.
On December 2, 2016 I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer after a radical hysterectomy and the removal of a basketball size mass. It was a shock to say the least. I figured,"If I can't change my situation, be positive and and start kicking butt."
I was blessed in so many ways during my cancer journey; from early detection, fabulous husband, family and friends, awesome doctors and office staff, and meeting new people along the way! In January 2016, I had started to watch my diet to lose weight. After losing 25 pounds I felt like I was getting fatter! After some unusual periods and feeling really full after small meals I thought it was time to see my doctor. She said, "You have a big ol' goober and it has to come out!" Ugh! I'm never sick! And now this?
Dr. Tillmans and his staff were awesome, surgery went fine and recovery was smooth. Never did I think they would find cancer! After all, I was always so healthy and never sick! We quickly moved onto chemotherapy. Six rounds. No biggie. I can rock that! Take control! That is what I normally do. Shave the head and kick ass, right? It was not as easy as it sounds. For me, the hardest part was not being able to go at the speed I normally go...and not be around my preschool students because they are germie...and not go to my daughter's soccer games...and not be able to nurse my kids when they are sick because I couldn't risk getting sick while on chemo...and basically not be my normal self! That sucked! But, I got through it and I am stronger, more determined, and sassier than I was before.
To me, the scary part of ovarian cancer is you can't really access ovaries like you can breasts, a uterus or a cervix. There isn't a yearly scan you can have. There isn't a self-exam you do once a month to feel for a lump. You must be aware of the symptoms and listen you your body.
I was blessed to have incredible recovery and become a warrior in the fight against cancer. I want to raise funds critical to not only advancing the science of cancer care, but also to ensuring the overall health of our community. Your generous gifts will be used for discovery, innovation and advancement in the field of adult cancer research and patient education, care and support.
Every dollar makes a difference in the fight against cancer. With your support, we can ensure no cancer patient in the Mid-South fights alone.
Join us. And Fight On.
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