This coming Sunday, 14 May 2017, I will be taking part in the Mother’s Day Classic fun run, and as such, I am raising much needed funds for breast cancer research. For those people who know me, this event is rather personal for me.
I ran my first MDC in 2015, and little did I know that two months later, in July, I would be diagnosed with breast cancer myself at the age of 48. Thankfully my very aggressive type of breast cancer was diagnosed early (stage 2), yet still, over the following 18 months the treatment that I underwent included three surgeries, six months of chemotherapy treatments (including Doxorubicin which caused me to lose my 58cm length hair), 28 sessions of radiotherapy, and 17 treatments of Herceptin. I also endured endless blood tests (weekly tests for three months), a number of heart scans, developed a pneumothorax (an abnormal collection of air that causes an uncoupling of the lung from the chest wall) that collapsed my lung when I had my chemo port inserted, and a seroma, amongst other side effects, that I could very well have for the rest of my life.
Yet, I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones.
The Mother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Our aim is to deliver a fun, healthy and inspirational community event that brings the community together on Mother’s Day to support and remember those touched by breast cancer.
With 1 in 8 women (and about 1 in 1000 for men) being diagnosed with breast cancer, the Mother’s Day Classic run has raised some $30.4 million dollars since 1998. As such, help me make a difference by making a donation on my Fund raising page. All amounts are gratefully accepted.