I can't believe it was only three years ago that I was sick. I know it sounds cliche, but it really does seem like it was yesterday that I went through my treatments.
It seems I'm always looking backwards and marking the time that has passed.
Three years ago I was walking around, doing the Mom Thing, thinking there was absolutely nothing wrong.
Two years ago, my skin was starting to peel from radiation. Yuck. Those burns are still so vivid for me. I do have to admit, though, since it hurt so much to move around and have my clothes chafing the burns, I became very good at video games. :)
One year ago, I was still giving myself needles every day -- blood thinners -- for the blood clots. They came from a medication that was supposed to help prevent the cancer from coming back. That was a scary time for us too.
It's hard to live life like that -- always thinking, always worrying, never really letting go of the fact that it was CANCER. It is a big, bad word that everyone fears.
But a few months ago, I was offered an amazing opportunity to follow in the footsteps of an incredible person -- a hero to many. Lisa was one of my heroes too, and it is an honour to be helping her dream stay alive. This is my chance to take all the garbage I've been through and use it to reach people. To inspire people to give of themselves. And to remind women that they are not all invincible -- that they have to be aware of changes in their bodies.
If sharing my story makes a difference to even just one person, it is all worth it.
So, this year, I am working with C95 and the team for the Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer Research. They have asked me to be this year's Ambassador for the Radio Marathon. It was such an honour to be even considered for such an important role!
It is my first year, but already it has been an awesome few weeks. I love making connections and sharing my experiences. Meeting people. Hearing from so many people how breast cancer has impacted lives and about their desire to help.
I've met the C95 team -- love them! -- they spend months planning and travelling and promoting the Radio Marathon. I can feel their passion and their commitment. They inspire me!
I've met the scientists who are the backbone of breast cancer research in Saskatchewan. (That's an entirely different post completely!) They are the ones who think and breathe the science of finding the cure to cancer.
I want so much to reach out to the survivors and hear their stories. And to say thank you to all of the people who are finding time in their lives to raise money for the C95 Radio Marathon. I have so many stories to tell already -- about the little people who are making a big difference and about the survivors who are sharing their stories with us.
I guess that's what this blog is all about. Before, I blogged about how I beat cancer. Now, I'm blogging about how all of us, through the C95 Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer Research, are going to beat breast cancer in a BIG way.
I can't wait to get started!