In December of 2018, I went for my annual mammogram, as I have for many years. This time, they made me wait, then have digital shots. Next, they asked to scheduled a biopsy, which scared the crap out of me. I had odd mammos in the past and had always been sent for ultrasounds, not biopsy. Not good. After the biopsy, my husband and I went On Dec. 17th for the results. He was sure I was scared for nothing. When the doctor said “ cancer” he heard nothing more. I listened and planned and prepped. Not good. Not the Christmas gift I wanted.
Long story short, I had DCIS, Ductal Carcinoma in Situ, and had a full mastectomy this year, plus ovaries out. I kept it off Facebook because I wasn’t ready for pity and mass sympathy. It was still raw for me, so I told people only in person, or one on one. I have had three surgeries since then and am CANCER FREE. Sorry to the friends who wish they could have supported me. I wasn’t ready. Here’s your chance.
This is my third year doing the walk, but clearly it means more this year. I am doing the 1/2 marathon: had to drop down, from previous fulls due to health. Bill, my husband, is doing the full walk in support. When you make a gift to my walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate cancer care. Your support allows Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families. I can attest that they provide A++ care. I want to support their mission.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!
P.S. Get that mammogram. It may save your life.