This May I’ll be participating in Workout to Conquer Cancer where I’ll be joining hundreds of others across the province as we get moving every single day of the month in support of cancer research and enhancements to care at BC Cancer.
In 2014 I was diagnosed with an agressive breast cancer called Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). This March 21st, on the first day of Spring, I reached 5 years since my diagnosis. I've been very lucky and have had the incredible support of oncologists, nurses, family and friends along the way. Other family and friends have not been as lucky. I've committed to this challenge in honor of the family and friends I've lost this year to cancer, of which there have been many.
In February of this year, my Aunt Judy was diagnosed with cancer and within the month, she passed away. It's been a shock to our family, and so I do this challenge with her in my heart. I also lost my dear friend and mentor Arvi to cancer this year. I will be thinking of him as well. My friend Alana, who had the same diagnosis as me, also died this year from metastatic TNBC. I'll also be thinking about Teresa, Karen, and Kathryn, who we've also lost this year from cancer.
Each day, while I exercise, I'll also be thinking of my Auntie Donna, who is nearing completion of her chemo treatments for her 2nd cancer diagnosis. I love you Auntie Donna! I'll also be thinking about another dear friend who also just kicked ass completing all of her chemo treatments for her 2nd cancer diagnosis as well.
Cancer has been relentless this year. And this is only in my small world! I'm certain that many of you have your own stories of cancer. One in two British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. I've committed to exercise and fundraise to improve the outcome for people facing this disease across the province, and hopefully throughout the world. With your support, we can make a significant contribution to the world-class research conducted by the clinicians and scientists at BC Cancer. Their work is providing exciting new evidence that is changing the way cancer is prevented, detected and treated.
Thank you for reading my story. My hope is that with this campaign you may be inspired to get moving too, and if some of you are moved to donate, thank you!!