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Welcome to my Personal Page! The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, through Canada's Pacific region taking place August 26th & 27th, 2017.
This will be my 6th Ride and after getting my 5th year "Gold Helmet" last year I look forward to participating again this year. I've raised close to $45,000 in my 5 years in the Ride and hope my friends and family will help me break the $50,000 plateau this year!! Thanx for being part of this with me and let's beat this thing! My story follows...
I grew up thinking cancer was an old person's disease and something I'd never have to worry about! Who me? Never! I was wrong. My story starts with my mom...
It was 1992 when my mom had her first battle with colon Cancer. She was 58 years old, not the most athletic and fit person and she had to undergo chemo and radiation. She suffered through chemo burns and sores in her mouth, throat and stomach but she won the battle! She is the toughest person I know.
She would again fight off colon Cancer 10 years later in 2002 . After surgery to remove more damaged intestine she again had tough reactions to the chemo. She again made it through and was clean and in remission. Another decade went by and in 2012 Cancer brought my my mom the battle of her life. She had a tumor on her lung that was wrapped around one of the arteries to her heart so was inoperable but she said she was relatively pain free. I cannot imagine what she must have been going through pain-wise for the past 20 years, as she never complains!
In 2004 I too was diagnosed with colon Cancer after having my appendix burst on July 31st while training for a half marathon. I was 42 years old and they say I was "lucky" they got it all (so they thought) and I didn't have to take chemo due to the early find and clean cut at the time. Being a survivor you have milestones that you shoot for; 1 year clear, 2 years & 5 years being considered a full scale "survivor" and officially "cancer free". Reality is you are never "clear", it's always on your mind. Every ache has you thinking something is wrong.
I made it to 5 years and was confident that life was back to normal. Feeling off I asked my doctor for an ultrasound on my gall bladder. That hypochondriac moment saved my life as they found "spots" on my liver. Well hello Cancer!! Happy Anniversary!! Those "spots" resulted in 70% of my liver being removed. This time I was given 6 months of chemotherapy. I handled the treatments relatively well but knowing what my mom had gone through the two times before me I now had a real appreciation for what she and others go through when fighting the disease. Mouth sores, fatigue, depression, nausea, more nausea and throw in some cold dysplasia where you can't breathe cool air so have to wear a mask to open the fridge. To go outside I needed a mask or gloves on to protect my skin and throat. I have permanent neuropathy in my feet that is not disabling but a constant reminder of the battle that too many people fight.
My mom did not make it to see me ride to Seattle in 2012 but she knew I was riding for her and THAT is what motivates ME. (Mom passed away peacefully May 6th, 2012 with us by her side) I have this survivor "title" but feel I am not worthy because of the greater pain others have suffered from this disease! I am also riding for my co-workers and friends Ella, Rob/Kim, Laureen, Brenda and cousin Cheryl who are all fighting and surviving cancer. There are several other relatives, friends and neighbours that I ride for but have not mentioned here.
Please help me raise some money and awareness for this disease that continues to ravage people who are too young to be taken away from parents, children, family and friends! Any donation amount is appreciated so please help me with your $25, $50 or $100 and we will continue to fight for a cure and better treatment.
Thank you in advance for all your help.
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