It's Sarah's 5 Year Cancerversary + we're running a 5K!
Today is Five years.
Five years ago I was asked, “Honey are you nervous? We do this all the time. No reason to be nervous.” Five years ago, I was being asked this by the nurse who would assist in my lumpectomy, the next step after 6 months of Chemotherapy that would get me one step closer to seeing NED (No Evidence Detected) on my MRI scan. The nurse, petite with a short reddish brown haircut, who gave me some kind of comfort as she resembled my mom, must have seen the fear, exhaustion and tears starting to form.
I said nothing, but what I wanted to say was, “Yes, I’m scared as hell. I don’t do this all the time and I’m fucking scared!”
The following five years have been a whirlwind. I had a hard time relieving stress as I started SaltyGirl Beauty with Leah. I had an infant during treatment and then ended up having another baby. Next thing you know, ME time became FAMILY time ALL.THE.DAMN.TIME. I knew I had to figure my shit out. I had to figure out my continued unbalanced hormone levels that were wreaking havoc on my body, added weight gain that whichever diet I chose that week just wasn't doing the trick and lack of sleep that contributed to my anxiety and sense of depression that often happens after a cancer diagnosis.
I have met too many women over the last 5 years that have experienced my feelings and fears. Part of me never doubted I would get to 5 years out, which is a milestone for Triple Negative Breast Cancer, but that doesnt mean I wasn't fearful. Like other milestones, I didn’t realize I was holding my breath, waiting for this day to finally arrive… and it’s here!
If you know me I love any excuse to host a party, throw a party, go to a party and celebrate all the good things in life no matter how big or small they might be! 2020 has been a tricky year with COVID, but what it has brought for me personally was TIME. TIME that allowed me to take a step back and look in the mirror and get my health under control. I’ve had the time to prioritize that piece. In order to keep this momentum going, Leah and I have organized an event that we hope you take part of - Join us in Run4Love of Hair, a virtual 5K that we have partnered with New England Cancer Specialist with to raise money for their Cold Cap Program. Cold Cap Therapy, or modern-day scalp cooling, involves the use of a special cap or set of caps, cooled to very cold temperatures, and worn for a period of hours before, during and after each chemotherapy treatment. It helps preserve and decrease the hair lost during treatment.
So will you help me celebrate my 5 year cancerversary by going the distance? Lace up those running shoes and start training because you have a few weeks! But also, if you want to walk a 5k, we’ll make sure it counts, too! ;-) I want to thank you ALL for the Love, Support, and Encouragement these past 5 years. I fight every damn day to live my best life so cheers to MANY, MANY more. See you at the (virtual) race!