Welcome to my Fight!
I am proud to join the fight against cancer this year. Each year, thousands are diagnosed with cancer. Last year my cancer journey began with simply wanting to improve my health. I figured if my daughter can run a marathon I can do a 5k.
I was working toward improving my health by walking daily and jogging twice a week. Each week I ran a bit further with the goal of 3 miles. I made it to 2.35 miles by the end of June before I experienced an injury to my hip and thigh. I eventually landed in the ER for an overnight stay due to three suspicious shadows on my lungs, not at all related to the reason I went to the ER in the first place.
Those suspicious shadows turned out to be Malt Lymphoma, a rare lymphoma. I received four treatments in the infusion center, at Wilmot, and all went well. Except for a bit of an allergic reaction that the nurses were well prepared for. I was tested, poked, prodded and Imaged out by end of November. However I was due for a mammogram. Yes, in December, a suspicious spot on my breast was found. You have breast cancer, I was told. December 31st the mass was removed. By the end of April another round of four chemotherapy treatments at the Pluta Cancer Center, followed by radiation in June. This time around I lost my hair and experienced some other side effects Of chemo. Throughout the process I have attended the ReNew program. This program helped me to stay strong by building strength, balance, improved posture, a positive attitude and improved eating habits.
It's been one year later since I hobbled into the ER. Now, I want to give back to all that have helped me survive cancer! I am going to walk/run the 5k this year and my goal is to raise $5000.00 with your help.
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!