Posted on Nov 2
"My Daughter is my inspiration" Survivor: Stephanie G.
By: New Balance
Years as a survivor? "Three years"
Stephanie's Story: "On my birthday in 2010, I had a routine mammogram. They wanted further testing - which was no big deal, I've dealt with cysts before. Then they wanted a biopsy - whoa, this was new! The results of the biopsy were Ductal Carcinoma In Situ. This meant a lumpectomy and radiation. I was scared - my mother is a breast cancer survivor, and my grandmother passed away from the disease. I had the lumpectomy, and the pathology results said they didn't get the clear margins they wanted, so they had to go back in again after Christmas 2010.
The pathology reports from that one showed no more cancerous areas - they had gotten it all the first time. Big sigh of relief! I had seven weeks of radiation in the spring. I had complications from the radiation - fluid retention, radiation mastitis, and burns. I smeared aloe on my breast three times a day. I had fluid drained from the cavity left by the two lumpectomies weekly for two months. I got to know my surgeon and oncologist and their staffs on a first-name basis!
But in the fall of 2011, I walked in my first Susan G. Komen 3-Day in Washington, DC. I chose the DC walk because that Saturday was my birthday - and the one-year anniversary of the mammogram that started it all. It was a celebration!!! My daughter was one of my biggest supporters, and sent me camp mail that had me crying as I was reading it. She wrote about me being strong enough to make it. She is my inspiration and the reason I continue to walk. The photo I uploaded is of her, myself, and my mother - and the pink ribbon on her band uniform. I was never so proud of her as I was when the band walked out on the field with those ribbons and I heard voices in the crowd say how neat it was to see them. I never want to see the day she hears 'You have breast cancer.'. That's why I walk - for her.
That October, my daughter was watching football on television and noticed all of the pink apparel and accessories the football teams had for breast cancer awareness. She had a band performance the next day and wondered how the band could support breast cancer awareness. The next thing I knew, she was driving all over town looking for pink ribbon, then sitting on the band room floor with a friend stapling ribbon loops to put on the band uniforms. She even had ribbon for the drill team to put in their hair."
How are you involved in the fight throughout the year? "Walking in the 3-day walk, walking in the 5K Race for the Cure… and raising awareness throughout the community by sharing my story."