Everyone has been asking my story, as each of us ends up with our own story, our own path, our own cancer, our own battle. Fought alone, but yet with so many others. There is a lot to my
story, but in a nutshell, in the past year and a half I have had a Lumpectomy, then a year later I was back for a bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. In the end, I feel like I can say that I am blessed, because today I am ‘cancer free’. And within this time I have learned more about cancer, more about love and friendship, and more about those who are in need. There are many women out there who need me, they need you, they need all these amazing organizations that will help them learn about cancer, to fight, to protect and save, and learn to live with cancer. None of us choose cancer, it chooses us. But together we can help fight it!
There are so many people that helped me….
- I owe it to my most fantastic team of doctors, they were, and they are amazing. If I had to do it again, I would pick you!
- I owe it to my cousin, who had almost the same diagnosis and outcome, and who answered my 1000s of questions and told me every time “this sucks, but you will get through this!” And she was so right, and she’s the bomb!
- I owe it to my dear friends in the hood, they were my rocks, my taxi drivers, my “nurses”, my husband’s “other wives”, they left notes for things for him to do, they brought food, they organized food, and they took care of our kids and got them to their sports, and they took care of our crazy dogs. But most of all they took care of me. They brought wine (and smoothies), true prayers and lots of love. They were (and are) always there for me, it was non-stop revolving door at our house and it was beautiful!
- I (way) owe it to my husband Joe, who is the MOST non-medical person in the world. I saw the pain in his face as I went through this, but he made it through it….a true survivor! So, thank you Babe,….for everything, especially getting my name on the Round Rock Express shirt for survivors (Pink in the Park, July 10th!)
- I owe it to my beautiful, wonderful, loving kids who have held it together through this ordeal, my other strong survivors. And I have to give a special shout out to my deep, caring 9-year old son who even told me he wished it was him who had cancer instead of me….so I would not be sick and in the hospital. Wow, what a special kid! But it broke my heart to stop and think how hard this has been on both of our kids.
But truly friends, in September I ride for those who may not have all of this. If we can help save just one life by early detection, help one person get a ride to chemo, help pay for a couple of chemo sessions, or buy one beautiful wig, I will sleep better at night. When you donate, it’s not for me, it’s for all those amazing organizations and people out there helping people with breast cancer get through this ordeal. YOU are helping to make sure that everyone in our community can get the care and support they need to be survivors.
And last, but not least, a huge thank you and shout out to everyone who has supported our efforts at our annual Culin Karate Center Kick-A-Thon. We have an amazing group of students who are helping us reach our goal of $4,000!! We’ll keep kicking until they kick cancer!
BTW, I have never been a biker….this is all new to me, but if I can make it through a bi-lateral mastectomy, I can ride do a 63 mile bike ride…right?!?!? It might be tough to get in the training, especially since I just got out of surgery June 30th, so if I don’t make the 63 miles on the bike, please forgive me. But it’s not about how far I ride; it’s about helping others. Be part of it…choose to be amazing!
~ I ride to save ~
Wine * Pray * Love
Please join Julie and hundreds of others as we ride on September 26th to make sure everyone in our community has access to the care and support they need to fight breast cancer. Register today at http://classy.org/mjride2015.