February 22, 2013 was my last radiation treatment. Although I still had a year of herceptin and 5 years of hormone therapy, that is stealing my bone mass, I consider this my survivor day!
Cancer sucks. There is nothing good about being sick, losing your hair, eye lashes and nails, not being able to taste your food, when you are finally able to eat. But after the treatment is over, life goes on. I have a different outlook on life after cancer. I have done things I never thought I was able to do.
In 2014 I ran 2 marathons, Eugene and CIM. I ran 2 relays Ragnar and Hood to Coast. I hiked up Mount St Helens, and to camp Muir on Mount Rainier. We went to see the women’s World Cup in Vancouver. I went to Disneyland and China!
I also have been given another chance to run the Boston Marathon. I’m running for Dana Farber Cancer Center. I had my mammogram and ultrasound there before moving to Seattle and receiving most of my treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. If you would like to make a donation here is a link to my page. 100% of all donations go directly to cancer research. A big Thank you to all my family and friends who have made donations!
If you are going through cancer, other illness or a difficult time, things will get better. The bad times do not last forever, at times it feels like it, but it will end. And you will get back to living your life. And hopefully your post cancer life will be better, fuller and with more chances taken.