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Breast cancer was always my biggest fear - because I lost both my mother and her mother (my grandmother) to the dreaded disease.
However, a year ago I was diagnosed with colon cancer instead. Lucky me, it was early stage and the cancer had not spread beyond the lymph nodes - liver and lungs were clear. It has been a tough year starting with a surgery to remove about a foot of bowel and then 6 months of yucky chemo.... and then transition back to health and now thinking about what hit me. It was all about survival, slowing my life right down to just getting through each day. Everything and everyone I had taken for granted took on exceptional importance: my loving and supportive husband of 43 years always there by my side, the tears and fears and loving support of my daughter and son, the constant concern and caring of my son-and-daughter-in-law, the worry frowns and cheerful laughter of my 4 beautiful grandchildren, the constant "just checking"phone calls and emails from family and friends. Once when I complained about the side effects of the chemo to a cousin, she reminded me that it was a small price to pay to see my grandchildren married!
I could not believe how much support I had. Besides friends and family to care for me, I was blown away by the caring and totally attentive staff at Princess Margaret Hospital. Each and everyone of them from the apologetic person who drew my blood every two weeks to my clinical coordinator who answered my emails within minutes to clinic nurses who brought warm blankets during chemo infusions to the volunteers who asked about my knitting or knew instinctively when i was too tired to chat...and my patient oncologist who always took as much time as I needed and answered the same questions for the umpteenth time.... the people on the front lines who gave me comfort and hope and helped me keep my sanity through a very bad dream.
My daughter and I have made this walk in previous years because we believed in the cause. This year, my son and son-in-law are joining us and we are going to do it as a family team because we have all been so deeply affected.
I am training and feeling fit enough to make the two-day walk on September 8th and 9th because I am one of the lucky ones and because I have huge hope that women's cancers can be cured. In recent years, I have seen friends survive for ten, 15 and even 20 years after a cancer diagnosis. And I know that with enough effort from all of us, we can beat and end all cancers.
Shoppers Drug MartŪ Weekend to End Women's Cancers? is a two-day, 60-kilometre or one-day 32-kilometre walk through the neighbourhoods of Toronto. It will be a challenge and I am ready to take on this effort to end ALL women's cancers!
My commitment is based on love and my realization that we each need to do our part in this fight. I can walk. I can raise funds to benefit The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, a leader in the fight against all women's cancers. I can and choose to be a part of this movement to save lives.
I ask you to join my Circle For Hope. Be a part of my very personal journey - by giving, by walking with me, or simply by sharing my story with your circle of influence.
This is my journey.
This is my Weekend Circle For Hope.