What am I doing?
I'm walking to support the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure because I want to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. As most of you know this is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. On August 9, 2010 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. On October 11, 2010 I had a double mastectomy. The cancer was worse than they thought and it had spread to the lymph nodes. 2011 was a very tough year for me as not only did I battle the Breast Cancer but just as I was finishing this battle, I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. I had a Carcinoid Tumor in the main airway to the left lung causing it to collapse. Thank goodness I was able to find a good lung cancer specialist in St. Louis that was able to help me get rid of the tumor that was causing all of the problems. In 2012 I started the process of Breast reconstruction. This was quite a process for me because the radiation weakened my skin and the right side didn't want to cooperate. It took 6 surgeries to get through this process but I have finally got through it. It has been over 8 years since I have started this battle, but I am still here and I am still Cancer Free!!! You can't ask more than that!!
Please help me fight this awful disease!!! You may donate online with your credit card by clicking the "Donate" button at the top of this page. Your support helps us get another step closer to a world without breast cancer.
Your breast health...
The greatest risk factors for breast cancer are being female and growing older. Breast cancer knows no boundary, be it age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That's one in eight within your company, school and organization!
The key to survival is early detection. Three simple steps for early detection are regular mammograms, clinical exams and breast self-exams. And, remember, breast cancer affects more than just the patient; friends and family need support too.
What does Komen do?
For more than 25 years, Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer - transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease, and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
Over the next 25 years, an estimated 25 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer if we don't find a cure. Komen will not stop until we discover and deliver the cures. That's our promise.
We Will Find the Cure!
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