Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Komen Portland Race for the Cure® 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

Once again, my poodles and I will be walking, this September 16th, 2012, we will join more than 30,000 runners, walkers and volunteers for the Komen Portland Race for the Cure.  As one person in a crowd of thousands, I am accepting a challenge to make a difference.

I am a 21 year survivor-----the last 5 I have been OUT of remission and have started the battle anew. I was diagnoses again in April of 2008 and have been receiving ongoing treatment ever since, when one drug quits working we move onto the next one. 

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  When I stop to think of the co-workers, friends, aunts, neighbors, mothers and grandmothers in my life, eight women easily come to mind.  And I do not want to see a single one suffer from this terrible disease.
I want to make a difference for our children, so they have the promise of a full life.
Will you help me?  The size of your contribution is not important, because every dollar adds up and makes a difference, providing breast cancer education, screening and access to quality healthcare in our Oregon and SW service area.  Early detection saves lives.
Not a fan of online gifts....If you would prefer, you can mail your tax-deductible contribution to the address listed below.  Please just include a note on the memo line that indicates the gift is on my behalf so that you will receive credit on my fundraising page and I'll know you made a donation on my behalf! 

Komen Portland Race for the Cure®
Unit 15
PO Box 4500
Portland, OR 97208

Whatever you can give will help! I truly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.  Thank you for joining in our promise to create a world without breast cancer!

ONE way or another I will do the RACE for the CURE again this year.



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday 08 August 2012

Yes that's right it's only Wednesday and I'm seeing the DR.  As it turned out, Bothe Amber and the DR changed their schedules at about the same time, so I go on Wednesday's now.  As the DR is at another clinic on Thursday now.  I only see the Dr about every 6 - 8 weeks now the reports are further apart.  Still getting my port flushed once a month and that’s not a big deal.  More of a hassle than anything else.
There is some good news. This new drug does seem to be working, so far so good.   I saw Dr R today, he's excited in that it seems that this drug is working well. So we will keep fingers, legs, toes and eyes crossed that it continues to work in a positive manner. However I was told that I need to WEAR a HAT when out walking as one of the side effects of this drug is Drug-Induced Photosensitivity 
Keep-Her and I have been walking about 2-2.5 hours a day lately, early in the mornings before the sun gets to hot. 
 Yes she has "doggy tennis shoes" on her feet.  she needs them in the heat we've been having.
 We log between 10-12 miles a day that way. I have started walking the hills around here to help with the cardio/workout. The wonky vision also tends to keep me home these days. So I spend my time walking on my treadmill or riding the stationary bike. I wonder if I went off all these “wonder drugs” (I wonder what they are doing) if my vision would return to Normal? Whatever that is/was.
Last weekend I acquired a"friend" for Keep-Her, she seems to be enjoying her  time out in the back yard doing the doggy 1000 with him. They are already fast becoming great buds. He's 2 years old, color is grey.

Keep-Her and Tommy
It's that time of year again and we are gearing up, for our annual walk in the Race for the Cure, which is to be Sunday 16 Sept 2012.  How many of you are going to come and join us in the walk this year?
Jann the Overcomer.