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Abby Clark

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Abby Clark

I take breast cancer very personal! I remember the first time that I ever heard of breast cancer. My mother was helping my grandmother get dressed and I was shocked to see the bandages that wrapped around her upper body. She had been given a complete double mastectomy. I was pretty young at the time and did not really understand what was happening, but from what I understand my grandmother had her breast removed because back then that was the only option. If you had cancer, the doctors removed it. I am also fairly sure that they did not offer her reconstruction surgery like they do now. How horrible that must of been for her! can not even imagine! My grandmother lived for several years after that, but she died due to kidney and liver cancer when I was in my twenties.

Over the years I have learned a lot about cancer. It turns out that my great grandmother, grandmother, and several of my cousins have battled breast cancer. My cousin Kim was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in her thirties and last year celebrated being a 10 year survivor!! My cousin Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer in her thirties and just finished her chemo in December 2011. Julie’s mom Janet, whom I was not fortunate enough to know, lost her battle with breast cancer when she was in her mid thirties. It seemed to me that the women in my family were plagued.

It is funny sometimes the things that we take for granted. I have known a few women who spend the week before their 30th birthday crying, upset and depressed because they are afraid they are getting old. I had one friend who called me crying over a gray hair that she was sure she got because of her 30th birthday. As my 30th birthday approached I began to feel really bad. I cried and was upset but it didn’t really have anything to do with getting old. The truth is I was terrified! I had not taken the time to educate myself on breast cancer, was not in the best health, and I had NEVER had a mammogram. I thought I was pretty invincible in my twenties and now I was about to turn thirty. Thirty! That is when people get breast cancer, right???? I spent several days in turmoil and what I would call complete mourning before I began to educate myself. I went and got my first mammogram and was more then relieved when it came back alright.

When I began educating myself I realized that education is a good thing, but that I needed to get involved in helping to find a cure. I began volunteering and going to breast cancer events. In 2008 I considered participating in the Susan G Komen 3 Day, but due to my job and my lack of nerve to do it, I did not participate that year. In 2010 I finally worked up enough nerve to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day in Atlanta. What an experience! I met so many wonderful people! The 3 Day is responsible for changing me forever! I now know that there is nothing that I can not do! I love the 3 Day Family!

In summary, breast cancer changes lives! I am personally thankful to organizations like Susan G Komen and the National Breast Cancer Organization. Without the advances that breast cancer organizations have made, women would still have no options. 1 out of every 3 women in the world would probably die of breast cancer instead of being diagnosed with it. Think about it! That alone inspires me! I will always bleed pink! You can be pink too! Become inspired and make a difference!!!

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