Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure
May 31, 2011: Surgery
October 12, 2011: Chemo treatment finished
It's baffling to see how short treatment for breast cancer can be but also to experience the long recovery with a loved one. The excitement of the acceptance to Deerfield was on hold since my mother was diagnosed with cancer on May 2nd, 2011. She would have to go through the deleterious battle against cancer, confirmed on March 2nd. My dad, sister, and I were confounded while my mom sat on her bed in bewilderment. Discovering that women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their lives, we thought the odds were in our favor. But why MY mom? "Never did she think she would be in the center of the fight."
Even though going through a 12 hour surgery seemed overwhelming and scary to say the least, my mother had the support of her family, friends, and CBS. CBS ran a story of my mother and our family through this process, which you can find below. The battle did not end after the surgery, although she was cancer free. The chemo process was just as bad, even worse than the cancer itself. The chemo makes sure to kill any remaining cancerous cells if there are any left. But mom losing her hair was second to the pain of the process.
The road to recovery is still onward and upward for my mother as she regains her strength slowly but surely by reciting the rosary. We thought it was our cancer since we were so close to her. We battled the evil with her. My sister said it best: "Let's run cancer out of town!" Even though I will be in France for SYA, my family and I will be creating a team to raise money for breast cancer research soon like we have for the past six years so look out for a link. Thank you for your support. Let's fight this together.