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Welcome to my Personal Page! After many years of talking about this ride, I have finally registered. There are so many personal reasons why I have decided to do this ride.
I first learned what Cancer was in 1988. That was the year that my oldest brother, Mike, was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. I was 11 years old and he was only 17 years old. It's been almost 30 years and I still remember the shock and fear of seeing him in his hospital bed after he had his kidney removed. I asked how he was doing and he said that he felt 'like rocking and rolling'. Mike was protective of me and was always trying to make me laugh. Following his surgery, we believed that he was fine.
Mike's Cancer came back with vengeance in 1989. My brother fought HARD but he ultimately lost the battle in 1991 when he was just 20 years old. Throughout his ordeal, he tried to protect me and shield me from all of his pains. Unfortunately the pain of losing him still impacts me to this day. Each year just brings different pains. I wish he had seen me graduate from university. I wish I could tell him about all the different concerts I have been to and all the places I have seen. I wish he could see the kind of person I have become. I also wish my husband and my children could have known how amazing their brother-in-law and Zio Mike was. Losing him caused a hole in my life and that hole will always be there.
In 2012, Cancer came back into my life. My doctor saw a mole on my foot that she didn't like and asked me if it was okay if I had it removed. I say sure, why not. At the plastic surgeon's office, we laughed about how overly cautious my family doctor could be. Two days later my doctor called me in the evening to inform me that I had Melanoma, a form of Skin Cancer. She didn't know the extent of it yet and I would need further tests and x-rays. It turns out that I had Stage 1 Intrusive Melanoma. My first dermatologist appointment started with the doctor telling me my mortality rate and how they were hoping to save my toe. She also said that my Melanoma wasn't from the sun, it was genetic. Bizarrely enough, throughout this ordeal, I didn't think about my son losing a mother (my son Jack was just 10 months old when I found out I had Melanoma). The hardest part for me was telling my mother that another one of her children had Cancer. My mother handled it like a champ and helped me with my son while I underwent surgery to remove the mole and had to recover from my skin graft.
It's been almost five years since I was diagnosed. My mortality rate has dropped but I still have one. I also need to go to my dermatologist annually and this will be ongoing for me. Once my sons are older, they will also see my dermatologist. To this day, I am grateful for my overly cautious doctor. I still get emotional when I think of how this might have played out if she hadn't spotted the mole. Thank you Dr. Finding for being the most incredible and caring doctor I know.
The above is just the highlights of my relationship with Cancer. Cancer has always come in and out of my life. It continuosuly affects me, my family, and my friends. Too many people I love have been affected by Cancer. I hope that one day this can change.
So why am I doing this ride...
I am doing this ride for the loved ones that Cancer has taken from me and my loved ones.
I am doing this ride for the people I love and care for who have fought with Cancer and have won that battle.
I am doing this ride for the people I love who are currently battling Cancer. May they stay strong, keep fighting, and live.
I am doing this ride for all the people in my life, especially my sons and my nephews. I hope that they never have to fight Cancer.
I am also doing the ride for myself. If my Cancer returns, I want to conquer it. I also don't want Cancer to take any more loved ones from me. I especially don't want to lose one of my sons to Cancer like my parents did. I saw the impact it had on them and I never want to experience that.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a two-day cycling journey. It will be a challenge in a number of ways but nothing like what people have to endure with cancer. Contribute to this powerful movement with a donation. Funds raised through the Ride to Conquer Cancer will support life-saving research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, bringing hope to cancer patients in B.C. and beyond. I have asked that my donations go towards childhood cancers.
Thank you in advance for your help and for supporting me.
My Participant ID: 320532-7
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