It has been a little over a year since my life has changed where I am a stronger person and most importantly, a survivor. On June 22nd, when I was 22 weeks pregnant, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy the following week and it was determined that my breast cancer was early stage two. After consulting with my amazing oncologist, I decided to wait to start chemo until after my son Jack was born. He was and always will be the most important person in my life and I wanted to make sure he would be healthy and safe. I was scheduled to be induced three weeks early so that I could start my chemo earlier. Four days before Jack was to be born, I felt another lump. The cancer had returned more aggressively this time and after another biopsy, my cancer was now considered stage three. Needless to say I was devastated. I couldn't even enjoy the few days before Jack's birth because I was so scared that he was going to grow up without his mommy. Once Jack was born he automatically made everything better and I knew that the fight for my life was on. Leaving him when he was only eight days old to get chemotherapy was the most heartbreaking moment of my life. However, I was strong for him. He was my happiness and my miracle. I did four months of chemo until I had to be in the hospital for five days due to a very serious infection. The tumor responded very well to the chemo and my oncologist decided to stop the last three sessions because of my risk of infection. I recovered from chemo and then underwent a double mastectomy. The pathology report showed that I was cancer free! I recently finished 25 rounds of radiation and I am officially done with treatment! I will never forget the kindness of my family and friends. I have learned so much from this journey. I learned who my true friends really are and what truly matters in life. I was lucky to have the resources in order to get the best doctors in the world. I realize not everyone is as lucky as I am and they do not have support or resources to get the best care possible. Susan G. Komen is the most amazing organization. Please consider donating to this cause so that everyone can get the care that they deserve. Thank you for reading my story! I can't wait to walk with my son this year instead of waddling!
Over thirteen thousand New Yorkers will join over a thousand breast cancer survivors in Central Park on Sunday, September 10, 2017 for the Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure. I’ll be there to run breast cancer out of town!
The Race is one day a year, but for women and families dealing with breast cancer, the fight is every day. Finding a cure is an ongoing effort.
Year by year, story by story, and dollar by dollar, the efforts of fundraisers save lives. We help tens of thousands of New Yorkers. The money we raise delivers food to women in treatment, offers transportation to chemo, and provides screenings. It also helps fund more research, reduce disparities, and find the cures.
I need your support… We all need your support. Please give generously, every dollar counts! Let’s race towards one goal: no one should die from breast cancer.
Join me, and together, we WILL create more survivors!