The day before her wedding Anahita was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today she tells us how she made her special day about hope and courage!
Nothing could have prepared me for the day before my wedding on October 8th, 2009, when on my way to the spa I got the call that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Talk about a difficult timing! I let only my closest relatives and friends know about this news and it was extremely difficult for me to pull myself together for our special day, but I did it with my friends and families’ support and our wedding went on! As my husband Matt stood by my side during our speech on our wedding day, I felt our love only strengthen and heighten to a new level of depth. Looking around the room I saw the tears in my families and friends eyes and it confirmed the true love and support I had surrounding me. My husband & I missed our honeymoon as I had to go immediately in to surgery and treatments. Now after months of fear and pain I am on my way to recovery and I am so full of gratitude during this time; the support I have received is a true gift. We are still planning to take our honeymoon even though it is a year later!
Debbie tells us how one survivor’s story on the Finding Hope blog reminded her she’s not alone.
I’m 51 yrs old, on Aug 11,2009 I went back for a follow up on my routine mammogram. I will never forget the nurse coming back in the room and saying “oh ya we need to send you for a biopsy”. I was floored, I had gone to this appointment alone thinking it’s nothing. Obviously from the nurses body language – it wasn’t good. My family doctor was tremendous and got me in her office within 5 days with the results which were carcinoma in situ. Knowing my character -she made me promise to stay off any internet sites that were not recommended by the cancer clinic. I had a fantastic surgeon. He recommended a lumpectomy/biopsy to see exactly what we were dealing with. After waiting almost 3 weeks for those results they found a tiny spot of invasive and the margin wasn’t completely clear. So back I went for a “little more” lumpectomy and sentinal node biopsy. Another 2 weeks of waiting but this time my surgeon said get the champagne out- all your lymph nodes and margins are clear. A month later I started 5 weeks of radiation treatment.
In the middle of all of this, my mother (79yr old) insisted on a mammogram and they found a small lump. My Mom was exactly 1 month behind me in treatment. We kept the same doctors all the way through. I was able to walk her through everything. She had a lumpectomy and 3 weeks of radiation treatments.
Rolanda Chen tells us why she’s serving up delicious dishes for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Cook for the Cure program.
This October, I hosted my fourth Cook for the Cure party – an annual event that my girlfriends and I look forward to.
I’m very lucky to have a group of smart, funny, generous and supportive women to call my best friends. We’re lucky that none of us has had to personally battle breast cancer, but we’ve all been directly affected by the disease, through family, friends and coworkers who have not been as fortunate. And we know that, statistically speaking, one of us may one day be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Cook for the Cure allows my girlfriends and me to support an important cause, and have a great time doing it. We were able to raise $600 this year!
Think about how much a typical meal out with your best friends would cost, and think about how much money you could raise if you donated the cost of that meal, towards a Cook for the Cure dinner, instead. It’s not difficult to throw a Cook for the Cure party and the folks at the Foundation are wonderful in offering their support. We’d like to encourage other groups of girlfriends to get your girls together to do something good “for the girls”!
You can help create a future without breast cancer.
We also wanted to share the following details with you about Rolanda’s event:
Rebecca tells us about her Aunt Christine and why she will continue to run for a future without breast cancer.
It all began in the summer of 1999 when my Aunt Christine learned of a lump in her breast during a family visit. My aunt was expecting results from her latest test and had dropped by the clinic. Ignorantly, the doctor claimed that the lump was just a cyst. Unfortunately, the cyst continued to steadily grow and reluctantly she went for a second opinion.
Much to our dismay, the doctor revealed that the cyst was certainly no cyst at all. My aunt’s nightmare was about to begin, for the doctor diagnosed her with breast cancer. Christine soon began chemotherapy and radiation in hopes of ridding herself from her devastating burden. The radiation appeared to be working effectively; by the next summer, my Aunt Christine had been cancer free for quite sometime and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Team Just Doing It celebrated their tenth year at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure this Sunday!
Sometimes hope is hard to find.
Devestated by a totally unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer at first you flail and flounder.Fear,depression,anger and hopelessness come rushing in.
But sometimes you are lucky and hope finds you. That’s what happened 10 years ago when a group of breast cancer survivors happened upon the Running Room’s first ever Survivors’ Running Clinic.
The Clinic gave us exactly what we needed-a running plan,confidence,a great leader and a raucous good time …and hope for our futures.