It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 1/2 years since I heard the news from a medical provider that I had cancer. “It would require surgery, chemotherapy and a huge commitment of time, courage and perseverance,” she said. There were no guarantees of long term outcome nor any predictability of how I would uniquely respond to the treatments, except yes, I would definitely lose my hair! Being a person who loves guarantees and resists being the needy, vulnerable one, those messages that came all at once without warning late on Friday afternoon, threw me into a panicked hot mess.
This many years later, I am still vulnerable and without guarantees. For now, gratefully, I am strong and well. My heart continues to be stretched. So many are struggling with this dreadful disease. I get to again join the large team of people who are caring for cancer patients and doing research to find new protocols for treating them more effectively. I get to say to the people who have received those devastating messages of cancer in their bodies that they are not alone - they are seen and heard -and we care.
I’ll be swimming one mile again with SAA-SEATTLE (Swim Across America) Saturday, September 7, raising funds to support cancer research. Would you like to donate? The event is put on by volunteers so almost all funds raised go directly to local cancer care research. If you are in the area and want to get in a kayak or on a paddle board (safety), or flip pancakes, come join us!
Click on the link below to donate money or time. We all are impacted by this ugly disease. Thank you so, so much!!
You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America - Seattle, 8711 SE 44th Place, Mercer Island, WA 98040.
Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning my name as the swimmer you are supporting!