Friday, August 18, 2006
Weekend to End Breast Cancer
This is a photo from two years ago, when (from left) my dad, my sister, brother and Michelle participated in the "Weekend to End Breast Cancer" in Vancouver.
I find it kind of hard to express how I feel about people who will walk 60 km in a weekend for any cause, and then most especially as it relates directly to me and to breast cancer. I find it very humbling and overwhelming.
At any rate, I am proud to know so many people who are again doing the walk this year. Michelle volunteered as 'crew' for the Winnipeg walk..... my sister, brother, sister-in-law and my niece Heather are all walking in Vancouver this weekend. Many friends are also walking in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, as is my cousin Erin (Toronto).
Even though the reality of "ending" breast cancer is many, many years away, and may seem frustrating....I am a living someone who is benefitting from research. The chemotherapy that I am now on would not have been available to me, even ten years ago, and is the result of newer research, as are the newer anti-nausea drugs and also newer chemos that may still be in line for me next.... My life is directly impacted by research advances, even if they don't seem "good enough", I'm still exceptionally grateful for it, and to everyone who contributes to this research in one way or another....
I send my congratulations and heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.