Confessions, My Battle with Breast Cancer

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2013

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I wanted to share a few photos from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure OKC 2013 with you along with some of my thoughts about this past race day.

The photo above is pretty stinkin' special to me, and yes I am going to tell you why. That is my amazing friend Ali with me, and I don't know what I would do without her in my life! Seriously! If Ali is your friend then you are blessed! She was by my side every step of the way through my battle with breast cancer, and now she is by my side again as I celebrate life and try to help raise money to find a cure. I couldn't have done the 5k without her, I would have given up but she is such an encourager that I found the umph to do it.

BJRaceThis is me and my McD! I cannot put into words how much I love this man!

I told him that Ali and I were going to be doing the timed 5k, and asked if he wanted to join us or walk with my family. He was just going to walk, and I was fine with that. But then there was a snag in the plan, a jog in the road, a speed bump ahead that we weren't aware of – it seems that no one else was going to be walking or running with us.  I just assumed that he would just wait for us at the finish line, cheer us on, or something because he hasn't ran in about twenty-five years, he had a knee replaced, and his doctors say that running on it isn't the best thing to do.  He told me to sign him up for the timed 5k, I did and he ran that thing in thirty-six minutes!

You read that right. Hasn't run in 25 years, and finished 3.1 miles in 36 minutes. I was impressed!! Still am! I've been training, and I won't even tell you my time. He beat me, let's leave it at that.

This was my first time going to the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City. I do plan to go back, but I loved how we were welcomed with all the pink. This cell phone photo doesn't do it justice, but it was spectacular!

That wasn't the only thing I found to be spectacular.

The turn out for the day was amazing! There were three of us and we were up at 4am, on the road by 4:30am. I know we weren't the only ones who had to drive a ways to get there, and people did it!  People went to bed early the night before to be able to get up and drive a few hours to get there.

I realize that a lot of the people there have been touched by cancer in some way, whether they are fighting it now, survivors, or family members of those fighters we lost, fighting it now, and survivors. There were tons of people there that haven't been touched by this horrible disease, and for them to take the time to raise money to support this cause just amazes me. 

You might think I'm being silly, or easily amazed, but that's not the case. I'll be honest here, and I will tell you that during chemo you can kind of start feeling like you are alone in your fight. And that morning, I was having myself a pity party. I don't have them often, but my feelings were hurt. People that I care about the most were not interested in participating in something very near and dear to my heart. It wasn't important to them, and I took it personally.

When I got to the race, there was a sea of pink! There were people every where! It was 6:45 am and people were laughing, chatting, ready to celebrate the survivors, ready to run or walk in memory of loved ones, and they were happy to be there! People weren't complaining about the cold, or upset when someone bumped into them because we were there for a cause and that is what was important.

When I crossed the finish line, I saw my best friend, my husband, my McD waiting on me and I heard the announcer say, "Here comes Julie! This is who you are supporting here today, folks!" My pity party was over.  I had two very important people in my life there, and I was blessed!  And it didn't hurt that they gave me flowers as I crossed the finish line.

The timed 5k started at 7:30am so, we missed being able to go to the Survivor's Pink Cafe. We made our way down there, not knowing they were closed and were greeted with several lovely ladies cleaning up. They welcomed us in, and told us to help ourselves to the goodies. McD made a b-line to the coffee. 🙂 And I just stood there admiring all the decorations, the photo above is of the ice sculpture with a pink ribbon inside with the 20 year anniversary carved into it. It's kind of amazing too!

I know I haven't blogged in a while, besides book reviews, but I really wanted to share my thoughts from a survivors point of view. Maybe I'm being too mushy, but I was touched at the outpouring of love that day!

I felt special that day, and I'm not ashamed to say that I liked it!

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  • Reply BB October 25, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I was with you in spirit, my friend… so very many special people in my life have battled breast cancer. So glad you have your McD and your friend Ali.

  • Reply Kim A. October 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

    You are an inspiration!

  • Reply Melanie November 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Good for you!!! for running, for getting up at 4am!! YIKES, for contributing and for giving back. I did the Denver Race for the Cure, I think it was just a little short of one year from my diagnosis. I had already done chemo, had my mastectomies and done more than 30 daily sessions of radiation. My sweet friend, George & her daughter and granddaughter also walked. I didn’t walk fast but I was so excited to be able to walk and have plenty of energy to do it. My former husband and I went on a walk after each of my daily radiation sessions, so I’d been “training” in a way. There’s one point on the walk in Denver where we all walk on an overpass and then loop around on an on ramp and seen from the air you can see the pink (because everyone’s wearing pink) breast cancer ribbon shape created by the path of the walkers. There were many times during that morning that tears came. There’s so much positive energy and encouragement and joy. People are just SO WARM and CARING. It’s really great. Melissa Etheridge wrote I Run For Life for the Race for the Cure and they were playing that as we approached the starting line. I thought I was going to sob the whole way through. So, good for you for being strong and healthy and contributing to helping others get the support they need during the diagnosis and treatment! Hugs!

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