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1 yr survivor, new to boards, wanted to say thank you

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KeriCon
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Joined: Jul 2013

Hi,

I am coming up on my one year anniversary.  I was diagnosed on 9/26/12 with dcis.  I then had a lumpectomy followed by radiation.  I am now taking Tamoxifen.  

I am active with my local Relay for Life event.  I have been on the committee and a team captain for about 8 years and am now co-chairing the event.  I am also very involved with the Susan G Komen 3-Day walk.  I have done the 3-Day for 5 years - this past one marked my first time as a survivor.  I also ran the Race for the Cure on Mother's Day because I thought the idea of running a 5K with my family was a good idea after I was diagnnosed.   I was going to show cancer that it couldn't beat me.  I am NOT a runner and it was MUCH harder than I thought, but I did it! I crossed that finish line! 

I am also a volunteer with ACS Reach to Recovery program and will be participating in my first Making Strides for Breast Cancer later this year.

With all that I have done and learned in the process, I found myself with no idea who to turn to to ask advice when I was feeling some pain on my side yesterday.  So, I turned to these discussion boards and I am so thankful I did.  I got a few replies and they helped ease my mind tremendously!

I just wanted to say THANK YOU! I am so happy I found you all.  I hope I could help someone else along their journey, too

 

Be well,

Keri

RozHopkins
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Joined: Dec 2010

Good for you girl.  I am not a runner myself, i know its not easy.  You took up the challenge, well done.  

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KeriCon
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Thank you.  It was very emotional crossing that finish line after I set that challenge to myself to run the race after my diagnosis.... no matter how long it took to "run" (my husband kind of walked beside me while I did my version of running) those 3 miles.

 

Maybe I will give it another try in 2014.....

disneyfan2008
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this is a great site...right?

Great place to vent and get advice

Denise

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VickiSam
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Dear Sister in Pink ..  Happy to meet you!!!!    Love your picture.

 

Strength, Courage and HOPE for a Cure.

Vicki Sam

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KeriCon
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Nice to meet you, too!

That was taken during the Michigan 3-day this year.  What a weekend!

 

Keri

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KeriCon
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another pink warrior AND a Disney fan, too?  We have a lot in common °o°

 

Glad to "meet" you!

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VickiSam
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3 day walk ???   You are a Machine --  So proud to know you!!!!

 

Vicki Sam

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KeriCon
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Thank you.  I have walked and crewed the 3-Day for 5 years now.  I highly highly highly recommend participating if you are able to.  You could walk, crew, volunteer or just go stop by a cheering station.  I participated long before I was ever diagnosed and I was hooked.  Now, it has become personal, but the overwhelming sense of love and community can't be matched.

 

Have a good day,

Keri

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camul
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You sure are involved! Good for you... I did the first few years after initial diagnosis, ins company that team captain worked for doubled pledges ifnthere was a survivor on the team so that was.me... then my company put me down to rep. at the dinner here for ACS... But failed to tell me and I wwas suppose to be a speaker. I was working lol. They called my cell to see where I was. I found the walks and dinner very emotional, this year did Survivors to the Summit at the top of Ski Resort, Had to take the tram, which was quite a challenge, but very rewarding to raise funds for our Cancer Wellness Hose. I am always proud of those with the energy to do all of this... I now only do the event here or there.
Welcome to this site, wr have a great group of men and womrn who I have always found to be an invaluable source of info and support.
Best to you,
Carol

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KeriCon
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The thing is...I was involved long before breast cancer was ever a word in my vocabulary.  Now my involvement is personal.  I want to be around when a cure is found and I want to know I helped (even a tiny bit) to find it.

 

Nice to "meet" you!

 

Keri

 

 

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