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In 2 days I will begin a journey that I have been preparing for since Janurary, The Breast Cancer 3 day. 20 Miles a day, three days in a row. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I know that no matter how many miles I walk, it is really going to be the emotional experience that I will carry with me forever. If you have someone in your life that lost their battle with breast cancer, is fighting it right now or has survived this disease, it would be an honor for me to write their name on my shirt for the last day of the walk. I leave tomorrow night so tomorrow will be my last day on line until Sunday. Below is my story.  

Why I am Walking
I have wanted to do this walk for around 5 years but wasn’t personally touched by this disease until 4 years ago when I had my first real experience with Breast Cancer.  A friend that I work with, Dottie, is a survivor and I was amazed at how much she went through to beat this disease. Still, it didn’t inspire me to walk or donate. Three years ago I learned that my first Bible study teacher, Joyce, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and last year after more than one round of chemo, radiation and a couple of years of other treatments, she lost her battle on July 5, 2007. And I was moved to tears but not moved to walk or donate. Just in the last two years I became friends with a lady named Michelle who was diagnosed and more recently my husband's Aunt Lee was given the news that she has the most aggressive form of breast cancer. She will have to go through the most radical chemotherapy and then a double mastectomy to fight this disease.  

So, ok, I don’t have to be hit over the head with a mammogram machine!  I get it, and this year I am walking for Dottie who survived, Joyce who didn’t, Michelle and Lee who are fighting for their life right now and the women and men who I might never know who will be diagnosed with this disease. Someone you know WILL be affected by Breast Cancer at some time in your life.  With research, their chances of survival are greatly increased. That's why I'm walking in the 3-day, because everyone deserves a lifetime.



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      Mztracy wrote Nov 19, 2008
    • My mom survived post-menopausal stage 2 breast cancer.

      My sister is on her 5th year of remission, when the doctors only gave her a few months to live. 15 of the 15 nodes were all cancerous. They did a hard core round of the medications, and she is still here!!! Her docs even wrote a study on her as they still shake their heads.  

      This is a great thing you are doing!



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      Justsmile wrote Nov 19, 2008
    • Sassy,

        That is very awesome of you to give of yourself and not take their lives for granted.  My mother died of breast cancer when I was 8 years old.  I always support different foundations with monetary support and relay for life walks, but I would love to give some time totally to the cause.  You will have time to reflect on what each one of the individuals mean/meant to your life.  God Bless You and happy walking!



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      Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Nov 19, 2008
    • If you give me their names I will put them on my shirt.



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      Mztracy wrote Nov 19, 2008
    • my mom is Toni
      my sis is Kim

      tyvm!!♥



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      Justsmile wrote Nov 19, 2008
    • My mom is Annie Pearl!  Thank you for keeping her alive in my heart.



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