Christ United Methodist Church - Plano, Texas
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Loving God, Serving Others ... Transforming Lives
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Race for the Cure on June 8, 2013 was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated with Team CUMC.
Look for information about how you can be part of the 2014 team in the Spring of 2014by checking out this web site
You can go to www.komennorthtexas.org
The goals of the Race For The Cure Programs are:
Interesting fact: CUMC has received the award for “Largest Religious Team” for 11 years
Time Frame: Register in early May — Actual Race is the 2nd Saturday in June
Location: Plano campuses of HP and The Campus at Legacy. Legacy at Parkwood Drive,
east of the Dallas North Tollway
Volunteer Criteria: This is a great family outreach program
Open to all — There is a coed 5K Run/Walk and a 1-mile fun Run/Walk
Why I Am Involved with Race for the Cure
CUMC has been participating as Team CUMC for over 13 years. CUMC has more than 30 breast cancer survivors! My hope and the hope of Serving Others is to have the largest group ever to participate in the 2014 race.
"Why have I again agreed to be responsible for the sign ups and event this year? More than 13 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The news was devastating! After going through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, I was cancer free! I know that Cancer research played a big hand in my survival, but I am also thankful for the outpouring of prayers that surrounded me. Prayers are very powerful! I have only missed one Plano Komen Race since then. This is a very meaningful event, not only to those with breast cancer and survivors, but to their familes and friends as well. Plan to join me in June 2014 for the next Plano Race for the Cure!" Marylin Smith, staff member and long time membe of CUMC.
For more information on this or to help “Serve Others” please contact Linda Poole.
Stories from some of our breast cancer survivors are shown below.
I was 39 at the time of my diagnosis…okay…so just 3 months away from my 40th birthday but still not of age to officially have a mammogram. I was getting ready for bed one night and felt a lump. I got into my OB/GYN the very next day, and scheduled my first mammogram and ultrasound. The radiologist said to me “You just have fibrous breasts, just be sure to keep checking them and we will see you next year.” So, you can imagine my concern when my OB/GYN’s office called and wanted me to see a breast surgeon just to be on the side of being overly cautious.
Now, in the meantime, I was also getting ready for a frozen embryo transfer through invitro-fertilization. So, my mind was really focused on trying to get pregnant and have another child, a sibling for my then, 2 year old son, Caden. My schedule for my consult with the breast surgeon was July 6th, 2010.
Little did I know how important this appointment would be and little did I know that this new doctor whom I had never meet before would save my life. Consult led to surgical excisional biopsy, which led to official diagnosis on July 20th, 2010. I will never forget hearing the doctor say…”Well dear, you have breast cancer…”
The next year and half of my life included a double mastectomy, 6 rounds of chemotherapy, a year of Herceptin, 6 ½ weeks of radiation and then 2 reconstructive surgeries that ended in September, 2011. I am just so very thankful for my amazing family where I found my source of strength and inspiration…they are my everything! I cannot begin to express my gratitude for all of the support of many friends both old and new, many members at CUMC and for the wonderful medical staff down at Presbyterian Dallas.!
As the summer of 2011 ended, my older sister and I participated in the Komen 3-Day walk in Chicago. We raised over $11,000, walked 60 miles in 3 days and eleven days later I had the first of my reconstructive surgeries. Words cannot describe the emotion that I felt accomplishing this task and now focus on a bright, healthy and happy future!
Seven years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. One part of you, if you are a woman, thinks it is a possibility, but mostly you think it is something that will happen to someone else. And if you are a man, you almost never think about it happening to you, but it does. When it happens to you there is shock, denial, anger, then a determination sets in to deal with the reality and to do all that is possible to beat it. My mother was diagnosed in the early 1960's with breast cancer. I immediately thought of her and what she went through...the radical surgery....radical treatments. What a long way we have come from that time. My surgery and treatment was so far removed from her experiences for which I am thankful. All the new diagnosis opportunities, the new ways of surgery, the new treatments all made possible through research are so much better compared to back then. Organizations like the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and individual doctors, nurses, and researchers have moved us further along in looking for the cure. We, as individuals, have an opportunity to further that research through such events as the Walk for the Cure through the Susan G. Komen Foundation. These walks not only support research but help women and men who cannot afford to get mammograms or surgery or treatment through contributions that come from the various walks such as the one in Collin County. I urge you to participate in some way by joining the CUMC Team either through walking or giving a contribution. The cure is out there just a research breakthrough away!
My journey started in September of 2007, just six weeks after getting the all clear from my annual mammogram. I found the 3.9 tumor on my own, feeling confident it was nothing because I did everything right. Unfortunately, that was not the news I got from my doctor. This is when the world starting twirling for me. Being told I needed to find a surgeon immediately and get things rolling, I was lucky to stumble upon a women surgeon who took the time to explain things to me and understood that I was scared. I had no choice but a mastectomy, one year of chemotherapy followed by six weeks of radiation. It was a journey I hope I will never have to travel again. Thank goodness for family and friends. They rallied around my family to help us through this.
My advice to someone else is, when a doctor tells you that you have dense breast tissue, get a Breast MRI. No one ever mentioned this to me before so that is why I'm sharing it with you.
Remember, I had a great support system but there are so many people that don't. I've sat in that chemotherapy room watching others walk alone. I've sat in that room hearing others who have it far worse. Take the time to help. This is my journey and I'm living strong.
January of 2007 after returning from a trip to India, I found a reminder card for my annual mammogram in the mail. Uncharacteristically, it took me two weeks to get around to making the call. The imaging office gave me an appointment within a week of my call. Shortly thereafter, I had to go in for more tests. I received my diagnosis of very early stage breast cancer on a Monday. Because I had had a surgical biopsy five years before, I already knew I would have a double mastectomy without reconstruction. My surgery took place on March 27 at Presbyterian Plano Diagnostic and Surgical Center. On the night of surgery, my doctor came in and told me that my trip in April was a go. What a wonderful thing to hear! My hospital stay was only two nights. My only restriction was that I could only get in the car to go to his office. Easter Sunday was the first time I could go to church.
Before we left for our next trip, I had an appointment to see the oncologist. At that appointment I was told that chemo and radiation gave me one more percent change of being alive in ten years. Hearing those statistics I decided that an estrogen blocker pill was the only treatment I would have. The support of our church and our friends made this time very special. At this point I see my oncologist every six months, and I am happy to say that I am in excellent health.
I am a 12-year breast cancer survivor. I am so very fortunate and I will always remember my journey. When I was diagnosed, it was as though I had been struck by lightning. I was in total shock. I asked the doctor, “Why me?” and his very calm reply was “Why not you?” I didn’t figure out his response until much later. We don’t have a choice in what God sends our way, but we do have a choice in how we handle what he sends. I knew I needed to figure out my “game plan” from the very beginning and go from there. My game plan included getting all the support and prayers I could and to always keep up my faith. I am convinced that I went through this part of my life so I would be able to help others who were diagnosed by taking the journey and lending a listening ear. I certainly don’t know how anyone feels, but I do have a grasp of what they are going through. I had a few road bumps on my journey – initial diagnosis, chemo, surgery, chemo and then radiation, to be followed by doctor visits and scans – but no bump in the road was ever too large. The important thing, in my opinion, is to have someone walk with you on your journey; ask for prayers and keep your faith.
I would have never gotten through this without the support of my family, friends and CUMC. Once Paul and I arrived home after the visit with the doctor, I knew the first thing I needed to do was to contact our three sons and their families. That was indeed the hardest part for me. I didn’t want to burden them with the news. Hearing their voices of reassurance began to make my journey a little easier. I knew I had their support and more importantly, their prayers. I am convinced prayer played a huge part in my recovery. One can never have enough prayers coming their way – through good and bad. I could feel the prayers and support of my CUMC family, and I will be forever grateful for that.
Support, prayers and faith go a long way in making a difficult journey easier and more bearable.
As a celebration of my 12 year journey, I again volunteered to head this year's Race for the Cure. I want to give back to others and this is one small way I can do that. I am asking you to join me and all of CUMC’s breast cancer survivors and supporters at the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday June 8, 2013. Help us celebrate and "invite one" to join you! If you only want to register for the race under “Team CUMC”, click here. If you want a Team CUMC T-shirt as well, click here. I hope to see you on June 8! If you can’t make it, please keep us in your prayers.
Please join us for Race for the Cure 2014!
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen who died of breast cancer at age 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure to eradicate breast cancer and life-threatening disease.