Welcome to Ariele's Ride to Conquer Cancer
Please support my ride to conquer cancer - a journey not only to advance cancer research to keep improving on treatments - but also for me to heal myself after the past year and get myself back on my bike and riding again.
I've been participating in many cancer campaigns and fundraisers over the years in support for friends and family members. For as long as I can remember, I have been surronded by cancer - but I never thought it would happen to me.
Jannuary 14th 2016 changed all of that - while preparing for the 2016 Ride, I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer.
It devastated me, it took away so much. The hardest part for me was accepting that I wouldn't be able to participate in the Ride, something that I look forward to every year.
After sugery, becoming radioactive (not joking), medication changes and countless doctor appointments. I decided that cancer has taken over enough of my life - I need to get it back, I NEED to participate in the Ride.
What the ride means to me
This year, the ride isn't just a challenge for everyone I know who has fought cancer. It takes on a much more personal meaning - it is my way of taking charge of my life. Taking charge of my physical, mental and emotional well-being after my cancer diagnosis.
And let's be honest - it is also my motivation to get back into shape - living without a thyroid... let's just say I packed on quiite a few pounds and had no motivation to lose them until now.
Please help motivate, encourage and support me with a donation today.
My Personal Web Log
I am more than my cancer
Last year I went back to work today after completing my cancer treatment.
Today, I still don't know if I'm in remission.
365 days of not knowing.
We have cures and treatments, but sometimes it's everything else that's the hardest for us cancer survivors - the long wait times for confirmation of remission, the short term and long term side affects of the treatments that saved our lives. The permanent changes.
The unknown is my constant reality, and it will also be as such.
I am riding not to conquer cancer - because that we can do. I am riding for BETTER treatments, SHORTER wait times, BETTER patient care, LESS side affects.
Because we know how to conquer the disease, but I am more than my cancer, my cancer is cured, I am not.
by Ariele Wagner on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 8:43 PM
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