A few days ago I got a phone call from the Strides for Breast Cancer Association of Southwestern Indiana, asking me to speak on behalf of early detection and proactive treatment for breast cancer. And how it affected me and my course of treatment.
I'm so, so, SO incredibly honored to be asked to do this, but I'm also A LOT nervous about having to speak in front of a group of people for 10 minutes.
I started working on writing my speech out a couple days ago, but I've found the process to be pretty emotional so far.
It is always emotional letting yourself go back in time to a place that was a particularly painful (in every aspect of the word) point in your life. But in the back of my mind, I also knew I had an important appointment coming up this week, and that always makes it fresh in the mind, as well.
So.....the appointment came and went today....and it was determined that I need another surgery. A fat graft.
Ryan asked me what I had coming up in the next month or two and I told him the 3 day in ALT, and I couldn't afford to take any time off from training, nor did I feel I could jump back into that kind of strenuous training immediately following another surgery...so my pre-op appointment was scheduled about a week before leaving for ATL, and surgery will be right after I get home.
From what Ryan told me today, recovery from this procedure will be a lot easier than the exchange procedure. I'll have substantial bruising on my abdomen and the transfer sites, but I won't have the incision and nerve issues I had after the mastectomy and exchange procedure. So, for that, I'm thankful.
Chris and I were talking earlier about this upcoming procedure, and the fact that this will be NUMBER FIVE since July 2009, and to think about it in the terms of it is the equivalent of a surgery every 5 months....it seems a little surreal yet astonishing that the human body can endure all that it does and recover.
WOW, that was one, major run-on sentence.
But I'm very thankful this is a procedure that can be held off on until I walk ATL. I saw the picture below, from the Boston 3-day of a little girl who was crying and it just re-iterated the importance of why each and every one of us have chosen to embark on the 3-day journey.
I cry every time I look at it.
It's sends a more powerful message than any words any of us could ever say as to why this event is so important.
As far as training is concerned....I'm right on schedule and have been terrible about NOT logging into dailymile. I have also raised all my money needed to walk. E is currently doing a fundraiser....and if anyone was still planning to donate, please donate to her instead of me. Thanks guys!
Well, I'm off to cook for my loves.
(and speaking of loves....my current fav of the week:)
ps) Dave Barnes version is AMAZING too!!!