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.”

Another story published in the Oregonian

For a long time now, I’ve been meaning to submit an essay for the My Turn section of the Oregonian. Well, I finally did it it!  “Writing group inspires breast cancer survivor” appears in the Washington County Weekly section of today’s Oregonian.

For you non-Portlanders, the piece also appears online on OregonLive with the somewhat more provocative title “Breast cancer survivor finds healing through reawakened passion”. 🙂

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!