Team Teal: 2019 TCS NYC Marathon!
Thank you for visiting my page. This cause is very dear to me and I'm honoured to run the NYC 2019 Marathon in support of Team Teal.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer - stage 1A. Unlike so many women, my cancer was found early. I experienced symptoms (bloating, fainting, etc.) so I went to my doctor. I was told I had a large ovarian cyst that had to be removed. I thought, "no problem", let's do this. After the surgery, the doctor visited my bedside and said that they wanted to do a biopsy of the cyst because it looked suspicious. I still did not believe that the biopsy would reveal anything was wrong. A few days later I got a call that the cyst tested positive for cancer and that I would need further tests to determine if the cancer had spread. There was only a 7% chance that it would be elsewhere so I felt optimistic.
Further tests showed that I had uterine cancer as well and I would need a second surgery. A complete hysterectomy was recommended. While in the surgery, they would also remove the lining on my bladder as a precaution.
This was incredibly difficult to hear. I feared cancer would be found in other places. I was upset that my choice to have children was being taken away. I was angry that I had always put my health first and now it felt like I was being punished. I was a vegetarian, ate a healthy diet, ran, did yoga, led a relatively stress-free life. Why was this happening to me?
Three months to the day of my first surgery, I had the hysterectomy. Both surgeries taught me a lot. I learned the art of patience, to breathe and take the required time to heal. To not rush things. I learned that work could wait and wasn't the priority. I learned that a two week sick leave wasn't long enough and I asked for two more. I couldn't sit at a desk let alone concentrate on work. There was no shame in this and I needed to make myself a priority.
My cancer journey fired an energy in me to want to help other women experiencing ovarian and reproductive cancers. I was one of the lucky ones. Many other women do not discover that they have ovarian, cervical or uterine cancer until it's too late.
Raising money for NOCC is my way of giving back and showing appreciation for my amazing doctors and for everyone who took the time to send me cards, pick up the phone or send me encouraging words of support.
I'm so grateful that I am healthy and cancer-free today. Thank you for supporting me in this fundraising endeavour. I appreciate donations in any amount. I need to raise $1750 by Aug 31 and then another $1750 by Sept 30. Thank you for listening to my story and caring. Together we can make a difference!