Sharon sporting her Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation hat and jacket, at GranFondo Niagara Falls

Well, this was a pretty unique weekend. Around this time, I always think about my friends who had breast and ovarian cancer. This year it was my turn. On Friday, Oct. 4 I had a partial mastectomy. From a routine mammogram to biopsy and then surgery – so much was happening so quickly that I didn’t have the chance to stop and think about what was actually happening to me.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure was taking place the same weekend as my surgery. After my surgery, I posted onto Facebook that I had made it through and it was now time for the healing. One of my friends, Bev, was running for the cure and posted her sticker that she was running for me! That’s when I realized I had become a statistic. I’m now part of those on the other side; wishing I didn’t have cancer, hoping that my children won’t get cancer, wanting the cure more than ever before.

CBCF has been a great support. They provided books that I read during the weeks before the surgery. I was able to focus and make informed decisions. The CIBC Run for the Cure provides funding for research but also awareness to others of the great work and support that the Foundation is doing for everyone going through surgery and treatment.

I’m a different person now. I’ve crossed over to the other side and others are running for me, my future and my children’s future. This event will always be an annual marker of when the cancer was removed from me and I began my fight to be cancer free.

Sharon Godlewski