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Debbie Smith

Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

Debbie Smith

Some people would say that walking 60 miles in 3 days is crazy… well then I should be committed because I have done it 3 times already and going by for more in 2012. The day I made the decision to walk 60 miles to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and education, I didn’t know what I was doing or getting myself into.  I had no idea how I was going to raise the money.  All I knew is that I was in pain , serious pain, having just lost one of my best friends and my husbands aunt (2 months apart) to breast cancer.   I knew that my grandmother had breast cancer, and had died from it, but I was so young when it happened I never really absorbed...

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Pamela McGuire

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

Pamela McGuire

Someone called me a breast cancer warrior the other day and then again this afternoon.  The first time I heard it, I was  shocked and denied it.  The true warriors have always seemed to be those who are in the fight to survive and thrive from a breast cancer diagnosis.  Then I  began to ponder what being a breast cancer warrior really means.   I’m so blessed to have not been stricken with breast cancer, but I have been a traveller along the path of the disease with family members, dear friends and  some of the clients I counsel in my profession. I became aware of breast cancer at the vulnerable and much too young age of seven years.  My dear auntie died...

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Eunice Jackson

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Eunice Jackson

Cancer and Me  It was a routine mammogram that I had on the 3rd of July of 2007.  Three weeks later I get a letter informing me that I need to go for a biopsy on the left breast.  I called on a Wednesday, and it was the following Tuesday when I had the needle biopsy done.  The following Friday my primary doctor called me on my cell phone and said I had Invasive Ductal Cancer.  It was ER + PR + Her2 neg.  No stage given.  It blew my mind as I was 69 and had no cancer on either side of my family.  The first week of August I had been set up to see a surgeon, a cancer doctor and an oncologist radiologist.  The surgeon said I could have a mastectomy with...

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Ann Camden

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

Ann Camden

Defining Hope By Ann Camden … three year survivor I am a huge fan and beneficiary of all the hard work that Team Tiara has done over the years and I am looking forward to walking with them in 2013. Why? Because in December of 2008 when I was making Christmas cookies with my sister I thought my bra was trying to poke a hole in my breast. It took me a day or so to realize … no matter what bra … my breast hurt. And, finally after two months of poking and prodding my doctor diagnosed me with Stage III breast cancer. I had just turned 38. I had twin five year olds that were in preschool. I was training for a half marathon. Cancer brought my husband and me to our knees....

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Amalia Cochran

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

Amalia Cochran

First a confession: my grandmother had post-menopausal breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy, her nodes were negative, she got some Tamoxifen and all was well. Her experience as a survivor was one that she made look easy, and for that I am grateful. I’ve since learned through the experiences of friends and through this thing called “life” that breast cancer isn’t always that straightforward, and it doesn’t always have a happy ending. I remember when I first heard about this crazy thing called the 3-Day- my wonderful friend and sorority sister Amy (Crittenden) Stoker was walking. Amy was my first good friend who was directly touched by breast cancer, having lost...

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Lauri Yanis

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Lauri Yanis

I have an important message to share for Valentine’s Day: be open to possibilities. All The Time. On May 17, 2001, I headed east to Leominster, MA for ‘Day Zero’ of my first 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.  These days, walkers and crew simply take care of all the technical stuff in cyberland. These days we register online, we get our tent assignments online and we watch safety videos online as well. But back in 2001, the Internets were still pretty young. Back then, a big in-person gathering of walkers happened the day before the walk – it was called “Day Zero”. A lot of stuff happened at the carnival of Day Zero. Everyone waited in lots of long lines and...

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