At Christmastime, 2016, I noticed a rattle-y sound in my right lower lung, only present with forced expiration. I was never sick, I was breathing fine and pretty much forgot about it during the holidays. When the rattle was still present in mid-January, 2017, I scheduled an appointment with my PCP. We were going on vacation in a few weeks and I wanted to be healthy.
I was dumbfounded when a CT showed a lung mass and the biopsy confirmed that it was cancer! How could I be so sick and so healthy at the same time?
I had surgery to remove the upper lobe of my right lung followed by 3 rounds of chemo. Unfortunately, 3 months later a CT showed the cancer had spread to the other lung, so the cancer was re-classified as Stage IV.
But I still felt great!!
I started immunotherapy and the cancer has been stable. Thankfully, the only side effect I've had from treatment is a dry mouth and some fatigue. While those symptoms are annoying, I am so grateful not to have had any serious side effects along the way.
I'm also very grateful that while buying running shoes at Fleet Feet, I learned about Triumph. I signed up to be a volunteer, and the more I learned about the organization and the people, the more impressed I was. The small-group, 12-week fitness program for survivors uses trainers who specialize in cancer rehab and is provided at no cost to the survivor. I had never hiked before, but I wanted to challenge myself to Triumph to the Summit with my wonderful and inspiring teammates.
It is such a gift to be doing well despite still having cancer, and I want to support survivors in recapturing their lives after cancer. I want to remain defiantly healthy! And I believe physical fitness is vitally important to achieving this goal.
My goal is to raise $3,000, the cost for two survivors to take part in the fitness program.
I will be attaching ribbons to my backpack for the people in my life who have been affected by cancer. If you would like me to add a ribbon for someone in your life, I would be happy to do that.
About Trimph's summer fundraiser:
Each summer, Triumph Cancer Foundation assembles a team of Triumph graduates, cancer survivors and supporters to participate in "Triumph to the Summit". Throughout the summer, our team trains each weekend, with the ultimate goal being to climb to the summit of Mt. Tallac in September.
On September 7th, our 2019 team will tackle Mt. Tallac, one of the highest peaks in the Tahoe Basin, topping out at 9,735'! Through the weeks leading up to this epic hike, our team forms bonds and grows strong together. We share information about Triumph Fitness with hikers we meet along the trail to raise awareness about this vital program available to adult cancer survivors in the Sacramento Metro region. As a team, we raise money to give other cancer survivors the opportunity to participate in Triumph Fitness to help them with their recovery process.
Our message to others is always that surviving cancer is a triumph that should be celebrated and that you can go onto to accomplish amazing goals in your life after cancer treatment! #TogetherWeTriumph #TriumphtotheSummit
We invite you to watch this video about Triumph Fitness.
To learn more about our programs, visit our website at www.triumphfound.org.