Those of you who have been on the boards for awhile may remember me telling my story. I will post all the details below but in short, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34, had a double mastectomy and returned to flipping tires, pulling trucks and just lifting damn weights within months of both surgeries.
I am lucky enough to have a husband who is a trainer as well as having a certification myself. I searched until I found doctors who would allow me to go back to weight lifting and even encouraged it!
I had many people in my life who helped me through a very tough spot in my life, many of whom reside right here on T-Nation. At the time I also had a workout partner who was on the forums and she helped me with my rehab by being supportive when I got frustrated with the little weight I could move.
Now that I am fully recovered (although still on tamoxifen), I am doing the breast cancer 3 Day walk here in Phoenix. The walk is the first weekend in November. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Please see my donation below along with a link to the site to donate.
And thank you for reading my story!
Donation Page: http://www.the3day.org/Arizona07/shelleanderson
Please support me as I take an amazing journey in the fight against breast cancer! The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment.
How much is a life worth? How much is MY life worth to you?
How much would you give to help your daughter, daughter-in-law, grand daughter, wife, mother, friend or neighbor if it meant they would never have to suffer through the pain and fear caused by breast cancer? What if your donation saved just one life by helping with early detection of breast cancer or better yet, the eradication of breast cancer all together?
Those of you who know me personally know my story. I was diagnosed on Christmas Eve 2004 at the age of 34 with breast cancer. I had been to previous doctors who told me I was too young, I shouldn’t worry about my symptoms because the cancer was on my dad’s side and even to come back in 6 months if my symptoms persisted!
Luckily I found a doctor that took my symptoms seriously and she ordered many tests include mammograms, ductograms, ultrasounds and finally a contrasting MRI. On Christmas Eve she told me it was cancer, on New years Eve she told me it was 5CM in size and that I should consider a mastectomy, probably a double to be safe.
Enter the next holiday, Valentines Day 2005. One double mastectomy to go please, hold the fries.
I was one of the lucky ones, I had good insurance, and I found doctors that took my case as a priority. I didn’t end up needing chemo or radiation like they previously thought because my lymph nodes were clear and the tumor had broken apart by the time I had surgery.
But now I live with the constant reminder, the fear that it may come back with a vengeance. And even worse, I live with the thought that I might pass this potentially deadly disease on to a son or daughter some day in the near future.
Please help by making a contribution to the Breast Cancer 3 Day. I’m going to walk the 60 miles as a tribute to my friends, family and coworkers who helped me through the experience and with the hope that I can help save just one woman.
Please consider this, I can reach my goal if:
3000people contribute just $1 toward my goal 300 people contribute just $10 toward my goal 120 people contribute $25 toward my goal 30 people contribute $100 toward my goal
Every step makes a difference, every donation helps.