Christ United Methodist Church - Plano, Texas
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Loving God, Serving Others ... Transforming Lives
NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS AND AWARENESS DAY, JUNE 1, 2014
The Care Center is sponsoring a table/display in the Atrium Hallway onSunday, June 1, 2014. Lavender ribbons (representing all cancers) will be available for you to pick up and wear in support of cancer survivors. Literature will also be available. Contact Marylin Smith for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2014
You can now register for the Plano Race for the Cure 2014 which will be held on June 14, 2014. Go to www.komennorthtexas.org
For more information contact Marylin Smith.
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
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!
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.
As a celebration of my 13 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 14, 2013. Help us celebrate and "invite one" to join you! If you want to register for the race under “Team CUMC”, see website below. I hope to see you on June 14! 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.