Pink is everywhere ! Not that pink- the pink of Breast Cancer Awareness, which is why I’ve decided to “blog” this month.
In 2007 I was diagnosed with breast cancer-I’ll answer all the questions you’re thinking-no family history, exercised regularly, healthy diet, and had a digital mammogram less than five months prior. One thing I did have- STRESS! I was raising 5 kids, driving to field hockey, cheerleading, karate, all in different directions and no where nearby; and oh did I mention I was working (OR/PACU Clinical Nurse Specialist). I know this is like what most of you are doing, if not even more!
Anyway on with the story, Robin Roberts, anchor on Good Morning America, announced she had breast cancer and I immediately did a self breast exam. I wasn’t very diligent about doing them because I was so lumpy anyway and figured I wouldn’t know the difference. Well I felt a lump and it was different, the doctor was pretty certain it was a cyst. It felt like the eraser tip on a pencil. I had a biopsy and it was cancer. I opted for lumpectomy followed by radiation, but when the pathology report came back, I still had cancerous cells that had spread outward from the “lump”. I then decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. Next came four and a half months of chemotherapy which totally sucked! Lost my hair, got fat from the steroids, my parents basically moved in with us and they just took care of everything which was wonderful! My husband was amazing even though it was very difficult for him to see me so sick.
All throughout I had tremendous support from family, friends, colleagues- imagine going into surgery and your entire staff is wearing pink ribbons in your honor! this is how you get through it.
After treatment I began yoga, I was so debilitated I had to go easy. This is how I met Laura Bonanni, she was so caring and understanding with me. I followed her to her new studio and that’s how I met Lydia DelRosso. I heard her talking about formation of the Tri-Club. By now my husband had gotten me into cycling so I wanted to join for more riding opportunities. I had no interest in a triathlon- well this past season- I was going to do one and done- Queen of the Hill. Yeah right I did four and all were different and I enjoyed each one. I love being a member of the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club! I’ve met so many wonderful fun women many I consider friends.
After going through this, I pretty much never have a  bad day and each day is a gift!
So please as a favor to me, if you’re due for a mammogram get one; and don’t forget to check your boobies, it could save your life!

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