Getting My Life Back

Each year, in conjunction with the Komen Race for the Cure, The Oregonian asks a question and invites breast cancer survivors to answer the question. A sampling of responses appear in the special Komen pullout section of the paper the week before the Race. For the third year in a row, my response was published. This means a lot to me, because as I’ve had some time (four years to be exact) to put my cancer experience in perspective, my hope is that my words will help others, especially those who are newly diagnosed.

The question this year: “How did you get your life back?”

My response can be read on page 10 of the Komen special section of today’s Oregonian and also on OregonLive.

The 2009 question: “Be it as a patient, or a survivor, or as a family member or friend of a patient or a survivor, what have you learned about yourself, about others, about life, from breast cancer?”

Click on this link, and scroll down to read my response.

In 2009, I also wrote a My Turn essay that appeared both in The Oregonian, and online at OregonLive.

And finally, the 2008 prompt: “Let us know why you do the Komen race.”

My response:

“I participated in my first Komen Race for the Cure in the fall of 2004 to honor my oldest sister, who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer weeks earlier. Since then, my middle sister and I have joined the ranks of breast cancer survivors as well.

I walk not only for ‘The Three Sisters,’ as we like to call ourselves, but for all who face life courageously after a cancer diagnosis.

Looking around at the sea of pink that surrounds me at the event, and hearing the cheers as I cross the finish line reminds me that I am not a victim but a fighter and a contender in my battle against cancer.”

Komen Wrap Up

I wanted to take the time once again to thank everyone who supported me in my fundraising efforts this year on behalf of the Komen Portland Race for the Cure. Not only did I meet my goal of raising $385, but I actually exceeded it with the wonderful support of family and friends and raised $527!

Thanks again to Holly, Haldan, Avra, Jeff, Tom, Emilie, Robert, Myra and John for their generous contributions. Thanks also to Douglas, Evan, Gabi, Candice and Jason for walking with me this year. Together we can make this disease a thing of the past! It is not too late to contribute. Although this current fundraising drive ends tomorrow, donations are accepted year round.

Over the Top

Thanks to Holly, Avra, Jeff, Tom, Emilie, Robert, Myra and John for helping push my thermometer over the top!!! I’ve raised $427 for Komen so far, and still climbing. Though I’ve reached my personal fundraising goal, let’s help Portland Komen achieve their $1,141,000. goal. They’re an astounding 77% of the way there already! Keep those contributions coming!

I Am The Cure

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Almost three years out from my breast cancer diagnosis, I decided it was time to give back. I spent this morning volunteering at the I am the Cure booth of the Portland Komen Health Expo, held in  the Oregon Convention Center.

Through talking  for hours with both long-term and more recently diagnosed breast cancer survivors, co-vivers, pre-vivors, and many, many concerned others, I was privileged to be able to partner with a wonderful organization and share many stories of hope, courage, determination, and acceptance in the face of loss. It was a truly empowering experience!

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Almost There!

I am very happy to report that due to generous donations from my family and friends, I am 98% of the way to reaching my fundraising goal for Komen for the Cure. Be the one to push my thermometer over the top! Visit my personal Race for the Cure page and click above the thermometer to make a contribution on my behalf!

Let’s work together to make this a world free of breast cancer!

Cancer Lessons Story Published in The Oregonian

This morning, I was delighted to find, upon opening the Race for the Cure special pullout section in The Sunday Oregonian, that right there on the top of page 11 was my “What I Learned” cancer story. It can also be found on the webpage:

I must say, though, if you can get ahold of a print copy, do. The online version somehow removed the bullets from each of my points and ran them all together. 🙂 Still, the content is all there!

Komen Race for the Cure on September 20, 2009

This will be the 6th consecutive year I am participating in the Race for the Cure, and the 3rd year as a survivor. Please join me in supporting the Komen Race for the Cure by making a donation on my behalf. I am attempting to raise funds for 5 mammograms, and I am almost halfway there! Visit my personal Race for the Cure page for more information and to make a donation: