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April 7th, 2014 my daughter Kailee, was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the tongue. The cancer appeared as a small "canker sore". As her mother, I gave her advice as to how to care for it, stop biting your nails, gargle with warm salt water, that's what my mom told me when I was younger. Not a big deal right?.....wrong! WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! It's persistence led us to an oral specialist and from there our lives changed forever. The news..., the look on my baby's face..., the look I must have had but tried to camouflage. Repeating the news to family....hearing my voice say, "Kailee has cancer of the tongue". I've never felt so alone in my life. Nothing filled the black hole in my heart, I wanted this to be a bad dream, waking up with the startle and relieved by the reality of, it's only a bad dream but that didn't happen.
We were sent to the Wilmot Cancer Center. Down the hall and around the bend there they were, letters seemingly as big as myself, "Wilmot Cancer Center". This was for real, it was happening, I wanted to scream......I held my daughters hand. If I could have picked her up and cradled her, I would have. I needed to dig down deep and find strength for her. Little did I know at the time but she was doing the same for me.
5 days in the hospital and many months of therapy, my daughter found strength she didn't know she had (truthfully, so did I). She battled the inner demons that crept in, she learned how to talk, eat, drink and use a straw with her "new" tongue. She demonstrated such strength and determination. I'm very proud of her!
When we learned of the Warrior Walk I immediately said, "let's do it"! I wanted to get involved in every way possible. I wanted my daughter to be surrounded by people in similar circumstances so she didn't feel alone in this struggle. Also, my mom had recovered from cancer a year earlier so it only made sense we do it. Kailee named our team The Monarchs because butterflies go through a huge life changing transformation, and they come out even more beautiful than before...I love it! The Warrior Walk would represent the hardship we as a family, had over come. The Warrior Walk would celebrate our strength, our love, and our heartfelt understanding of others who at some point, were given the same news. I'm thankful there is such an event where people come together, share their story and celebrate life. The event is an amazing experience.
I would greatly appreciate your help. You can help by joining our team The Monarchs or by sending a donation. Below are the event details.
Each year, thousands are diagnosed with cancer. By coming together, the community can make a difference for all those cancer impacts. Wilmot Cancer Institute will host the 4th annual Wilmot Warrior Walk Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Highland Park in Rochester. The event includes a 5K, 10K and 1-mile walk as well as fun activities during the post-race celebration. Proceeds support the Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program and cancer research efforts at Wilmot Cancer Institute. Show your support by joining me at the Wilmot Warrior Walk or giving a donation today!
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