My Why

In 13 weeks I will embark on something I have never done before. 200 miles in 3 days. (100 miles the first day, and then 50 each day following). I thought I would provide some context as to WHY I am riding? WHY I have asked others to ride? and WHY our team has set a goal of raising $7500.00?

Did you know?

  • Each year approximatley 12,000 cases of breast cancer occur in women under the age of 40
  • Compared to older women, young women generally face more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates
  • Most younger women have dense breast tissue that prevents routine mammograms from being useful
  • Most younger women find their breast cancer themselves. Because screening doesn’t occur until the age of 40, when you discover the breast cancer it is often at a much later stage
  • The possibility of early menopause, fertility issues, anxiety and depression are much higher in younger women

You probably know of several, if not hundreds of organizations that benefit breast cancer…but the Young Survivor Coalition is unique. The YSC was founded in 1998 by three young women who were diagnosed before the age of 35. The lack of resources, research and studies for this demographic led these women to start this organization of which I benefited from greatly when I was diagnosed.

As most of you know I was diagnosed just before I turned 27 years old. As a young survivor so many of the things listed above were apart of my breast cancer story:

  • Diagnosed at age 26
  • My tumor markers showed aggressive cancer that suggested chemotherapy to ensure that all of the cancer was removed.
  • I only discovered my cancer after testing positive for the BRCA 2 gene
  • Chemotherapy sent me to temporary menopause which which then resulted in anxiety and depression that is now being treated by medicine
  • The possibility of being sterile after chemotherpy led me to egg harvesting prior to starting chemotherpy

But these are just the facts… which only really tell half of the story. On November 17 this year I turn 30 years old. Turning 30 is a milestone that after having breast cancer I was unsure I would get to reach. I often tell others all time that I am humbled that the Lord would see to it that I had breast cancer and that I get to live beyond it. I am honored to live to tell my story, to encourage others all while advocating for the health and wellness of others. But more than encouraging healthy living and living large I have found this to be my opportunity to love others even in their hard. To meet strangers and friends in the midst of their own challenges. I consider each persons life something worthy of being celebrated and known. So while this 200 mile ride I am doing to prove to myself that I am strong, I also ride in remembrance and in honor of so many women that are no longer living to ride. I ride for them. I ride for their families who are left to live without them and for those of us who are given the chance to have more days.

Below are the list of women who I am riding for…. If you have someone you would like me to wear on my jersey please message me. It would be my honor. Thank you in advance for all of your support. Our team is only $400.00 away from reaching our goal of $7500. Please consider donating here. (This is my dear friend Alli Nolds page which in turn pools to our team fundraiser).

  • Regina
  • Aunt Maggie
  • Gloria Wendelin
  • Cleo Roberts
  • Sue Molina
  • Jean Seiden
  • Lori Smith
  • Amy DiBias Patwa
  • Jill Brzezinski-Conley
  • Lindsay Williams Donaldson
  • Lisa Lambright
  • Jennifer Rousch
  • Amy Preyer
  • Heather Brown
  • Ana Mostaccero
  • Camilla Formica
  • Kristina Sampson
  • Lori Gallegos
  • Lori Chovan-Redunski
  • Diane Akins
  • Michelle McGarry
  • Myra Torres
  • Julie Borgerding
  • Sheila Parker
  • Shannon Urbana
  • Amy Kress
  • Lindsay Fryer
  • Meagan Doe

 

 

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