Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Meet Team Pink for Life

Over the next few weeks I will introduce you to my teammates and they will share with you their personal reason for walking.

Meet Ann
I am walking this walk for several reasons.  First of all, my friend Jan has stage 4, triple negative breast cancer.  She has had a very rough time of it since her diagnosis, just this last fall.  2 mets to the brain were quickly eradicated with the use of cyber knife but she has had to endure some horrible, very very horrible chemo.  The first surgeon who operated on her, just did a lumpectomy which normally might have been enough but when the path came back as badly as it did, they should have done a mastectomy then and there.  So even tho, the recent PET scan showed improvement in her thoracic disease, it still shows activity all thru out her breast so we know it is still there and just waiting to send out new disease.

So even tho walking 3 days, 20 miles each day, I know nothing I do would be half as hard as what she is going thru.  Putting myself thru this just something I can do to prove that we can get thru anything if we just do it one step at a time.

I have always enjoyed a physical challenge.  But since I am not a gifted athlete, walking has been my go-to activity of choice for many years.  I can walk almost any distance as long as I get fed and get a potty break when necessary.

I also believe that the Susan G Komen Foundation handles the money they receive in a responsible way.  More so than other groups, especially if it goes thru anything related to our government.  So if any one can raise enough money to make a difference it is them.

Oh-And by the way, I am a registered mammographer. I don't choose to do that type of work anymore as I ended up doing pediatric MRI's and really felt more skilled there.  But I still remember the sinking feeling I had in my stomach every time I pulled a film out of the processor and held it up to reveal a obvious breast cancer.  So anything I can do to help put other mammographers out of that business is something I do cheerfully!! LOL, no matter, I think all their jobs will be safe for awhile.

I have been walking my usual 5-6 miles at a time, 3-4 days a week.  Looking forward to some training walks and to meeting my new team members.

To donate to Ann, click here.

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