When I was in the Third Grade I invited several friends to my Birthday Party. Apparently they were all busy because I only had one friend who actually showed up to the party.
It was my long time best friend, Terra. We were best friends growing up, playing Barbies in the living room and tag in the neighborhood. We comforted each other thru Birthdays, where no on showed up, to boyfriends who broke up with us and celebrated weddings and babies.
What you don't think about growing up is having breast cancer. Two days before Terra's 35th Birthday she was told she had breast cancer and would need a mastectomy, chemo and radiation. What an absolute gut wrenching moment. Most of the time you go thru life thinking those things happen to other people. They don't happen to you, they don't happen to your friends or even your family.
You buy pink ribbons and pink bagels thinking that will protect you and keep you covered. It's a moment that changes not only your life but the lives of all those who love you. Terra's Facebook post from that day says it all..."I thought listening to doctors talk about taking my boobs today was hard. Telling your kids you have cancer SUCKS 200%."
When Terra was starting radiation, her mother discovered that her breast cancer, that had been in remission, had returned and she would be following the same course as her daughter. It takes tremendous strength, heart and courage to look at breast cancer and say, "not me...not today!" That's why we walk and raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
As long as we keep working, walking and fighting...there will be a cure someday. No one should have to tell their children or loved ones they have cancer. We invite you to team up with KJ103 and join "Team Janet" for Race for the Cure, October 27th! Walk for your mom, sister and best friend...walk to fight breast cancer!