Giving back to the organization that best supported me in my fight to regain a new normal, The Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas, and my friends, the Pink Ribbon Cowgirls.
I’m the mom of three amazing kids, and wife to a fabulous husband. I am also a Stage 3 breast cancer survivor – cancer free for just over a year.
I am raising money for the organization that truly helped my family and I the most in this journey – the Breast Cancer Resource Center here in Austin. All money raised will go to this organization – instead of buying a “pink product” – give here!
When I discovered at age 35 I would be fighting this beast, BCRC was there to hold my hand and provide connections, community and hope. It has been a long road and BCRC has been there every step of the way. Please help me help others. As Emmy says “The Pink Ribbon Cowgirls Rock”
This all started when Davis was promoted to an executive position at IBM to manage sales for IBM in the middle east and Africa out of Dubai. We were all planning to move – and were in fact days away … until breast cancer decided to spoil the party.
We are now on the upswing – I have started coaching soccer again, the kids are in a Chinese Immersion program, Davis and I have date nights and host movie parties. I have hair that can actually be put in a (small) ponytail, and my reconstruction is almost done. I am working for an amazing company and love my job. But, this will always be with me … as evidenced by the fact that I popped a scar on the lazy river just six weeks ago and had to have one entire implant replaced. I have been through chemo, double mastectomy, radiation, and reconstruction. And I’m almost totally done.
Now for my “team”
Henry (age 8) is a growing fount of information, consideration, intelligence, and awesome strength. He loves soccer, legos, math, and Minecraft.
My twins (age 6 almost)– Emmy is unlike any child I have ever met. She is a combination of teacher, bulldozer, fashionista, advocate, and storyteller. She is beautiful, funny, and already a gifted artist.
Carter is a gentle heart with a massive thirst for knowledge. His favorite activities are addition, spelling, playing Stack the Countries, and practicing his Mandarin– especially counting to 100. He also loves red and elephants.
Cameron, our dog, puts up with a lot. He is a beautiful loving soul and has truly been my therapy dog.
My husband? Where do I begin? Putting his career on hold to care for a normally functioning wife that suddenly couldn’t get out of bed. Taking up the reins of the household for a year while I battled demons none of us could see. Helping to keep the kids happy and stable – amazingly they bear no signs of the ordeal. And he’s also tall, handsome, brilliant, funny and a wonderful father but that goes without saying.
Breast Cancer Resource Centers (BCRC) of Texas is a centralized source of information, education and support that empowers those affected by breast cancer to navigate through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and beyond as active, knowledgeable participants in their healthcare.
Staffed by breast cancer survivors, BCRC strives to reduce mortality rates by assisting Central Texans diagnosed with breast cancer as they confront obstacles that stand in the way of their treatment or affect their quality of life. We help eliminate barriers related to insurance, employment, family relationships, inability to pay for services, and end-of-life decisions.
Our Certified Patient Navigators will work with you directly, providing practical guidance to help replace fear, anxiety and doubt with information, options and hope.
Our programs include individualized patient navigation, face-to-face support group meetings, online forums, educational seminars, and special events.
Whatever your circumstances, our services are provided free of charge to anyone affected by breast cancer regardless of income, ethnicity, level of education, or social support.
With information that empowers, a community that understands, and help where and how its needed most, BCRC believes no one should face breast cancer alone.
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