My annual lady doctor appointment didn't go as expected in 2017. That's the first time I knew that there was a problem. That the lump in my breast was more than just dense tissue. That day, I vowed to FIGHT and on December 4th the fight began. Chemotherapy, targeted therapy drugs and the most hard core part of it all - the DigniCap. As most people know, one of the side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss. It's typically how you know someone is in treatment and often one of the hardest side effects to deal with as a cancer patient. I knew from the second I learned about the DigniCap (a scalp cooling system offered at Piedmont Cancer Center) that it would be part of my fight. Chemotherapy attacks rapidly diving cells, like cancer cells. But hair cells are also rapidly dividing. Cold capping is a relatively new addition to the cancer fighting regimen and is done to slow the metabolism of hair cells and to reduce bloodflow to them, decreasing the amount of chemo that even gets there. Then I learned how much it cost. And that my insurance wouldn't cover it. But if there was a way to not lose my hair, I was going to find it. I just couldn't bare my sweet Sally having a memory of her mom looking sick or being without hair. At 3, she is too young to understand. And so I bit the bullet and paid the price. Now, I still have my hair. And although there is some shedding and thinning every day, it has allowed me to fight my way. On my terms. And God willing, cold capping will allow me to have control over this one little thing during the biggest fight of my life. On March 16th I will complete my last chemotherapy session and wear the DigniCap for the last time (once again, God willing). On March 17th I will run, as I have on the Saturday after every treatment. But this time, I want YOU to join me! We will meet at Blackburn Park in Brookhaven for a fun, family RELAY RACE starting at 7AM. Every 30 minutes for 4 hours someone will Run/Walk as a pledge toward the continue fight for a cure and to help raise cold capping funds for those less fortunate than me. At 11am we will celebrate with Green Beer, Green Mimosas and Green Juice (another way I stayed healthy throughout treatment). So if you are local, donate and join us! I promise walking is an option. If you are not local, donate. Because cold capping helped save my hair, I want to give back. When I learned about HairToStay, I immediately knew how. When everyone asks how they can support me through this process, donating to this charity is one way. Help me help just ONE PERSON that is going through the same treatment as I did to have the same opportunity that I did. Thanks!