Hello friends and colleagues,
In Central Park this Sunday, September 9, 2018, I will be joining thousands of New Yorkers along with other breast cancer survivors for the Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure.
In November 2010, I had my annual mammogram which is an appointment I used to procrastinate going to. The results were normal, however only 3 months later, I felt a lump in my right breast which I hadn’t noticed before. After a follow up with my doctor and a biopsy, she confirmed that it was Cancer.
You empathize with others diagnosed with the disease, but it is a very scary feeling when this happens to you. It was through the mentoring and support of a dear colleague at BAML and a breast cancer survivor, I was able to feel hopeful about getting treatment and a positive outcome. She shared her story with me and referred me to the doctors that treated her at Sloan Kettering.
Many people do not realize that there are different types of breast cancer. I automatically assumed since I detected it early, the treatment would be quick with no Chemo. That was not the case. I was diagnosed with HER2, a very aggressive type. Treatment required lumpectomy, four months of aggressive chemotherapy, followed by additional months of radiation.
Today I am cancer free, my hair grew back and I religiously have my annual mammogram. Others in the past have not been so fortunate. I lost a very close friend and know others who are currently battling the disease. Because of the funding by the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, women continue to have options and treatment that was not previously available. The money raised helps fund the research for the cure, delivers food to women in treatment, offers transportation to chemo, and provides screenings.
I need your support… We all need your support. Please give generously, every dollar counts! Let’s race towards one goal: no one should die from breast cancer.
Join me, and together, we WILL create more survivors!