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The Official 3-Day Training Season Begins!

I just came back from the official Tampa Bay 2011 3-Day for the Cure Training Kick-off Event. And while it took place in an indoor (mall) setting, boy was that a HOT walk!

The event started at the 3-Day core sponsor’s location, New Balance (as in the incredible walking/sporting goods shoe store), in Westshore Plaza. We were able to do a foot analysis and shoe fitting as well as enjoy awesome discounts on their products. Then there was a brief overview and walking pep talk before we took off in the mall (pre-opening hours, so no distractions or crowds other than the walkers).

I was able to reunite with walkers that I have met before in previous (unofficial) walks. One of which is a nice woman, named Debbie, a 15 year breast cancer survivor. In addition, I finally decided to join a team here in town, ‘Thanks for the Mammories’. They are an impressive group of women with whom I look forward to sharing this journey with as we get ready for the “Big Event” (only 6 months to go!) They will be a great “support group” as I discipline myself while training. I need someone to help get my butt in gear, someone to say “HEY! Get up off that couch! We’re walking today!” No excuses, Jenna… Thanks to my new team, there will also be plenty of opportunity for me to get in shape and make an amazing new group of friends (which is something I could definitely use). 🙂

I’m definitely feeling the drive to do more with this event this weekend, so I made myself a challenge to raise at least $100 for the 3-Day before the weekend is out (since there were almost 100 people in attendance at the Kick-off). Could you help me reach this goal? Remember: Your donation goes toward something even bigger than helping me reach a simple goal. You could help save someone’s life today.

Thank you.

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My Mom’s Healing Inspiration

A good book for healing and guidance? Time shall tell.

Another book came to my attention recently, this time courtesy of my mom. She’s very passionate about the subject of healing and self-help, two subjects which I naturally tend to avoid. But just recently she became so excited about this book titled ‘The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing’ by Beth Baughman DuPree. So-much-so that she insisted on purchasing the $30 book for me at full retail cost (in this current day and age, and with your government job currently on the line, THAT’S what I call excitement!) 

It reached my doorstep today, and I must say, having not even read more than a handful of pages, I am already engrossed. Mind you, I have a feeling this book may become overly preachy (“spiritual healing angels” and “chakras” are frequent topics) but I couldn’t help but mention the book here, as it has supposedly inspired my mom to finally decide to commit to the 3-Day along with me this year.

According to it’s description on Amazon.com:

“Product Description

This wonderful book is filled with stories of healing, curing and the ongoing and wonderful interaction between Dr DuPree and her family of patients. It tells the story of her journey from Western-trained medicine to being a surgeon with a new and transforming belief in the power of spirit to heal even when cure is not attainable. This new edition contains a long series of spiritual messages on healing, trust and hope.

About the Author

Dr Beth Dupree, breast cancer surgeon in Pennsylvania, has performed surgery on thousands of patients. The personal and energetic connection she shares with her patients is as important to the healing process as the surgery she performs. Her focus as a phusician has shifted from one based solely in Western medicine to one that combines the wisdom of Eastern medicine with state of the art Western medical technology. She is the founder of The Healing Consciousness Foundation which supports healing services for breast cancer patients. A portion of the proceeds of this book is donated to the Foundation. She is married and the mother of two sons.”
At it’s core, this is a book about dealing with the inevitable after being diagnosed with cancer (specifically breast cancer – see the connection?)  The author herself has even participated in the 3-Day. I hope to gain plenty of inspiration from this book. I will update as I continue to read it for myself.

Thank you, mom!

Current Status: My hooters are healthy. My heart is heavy. My mind is open.

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A time of reflection…

I attended a “Get Started” meeting tonight for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. My sister-in-law, Nanci, joined me for support. While I have already been “getting started” on my fundraising for the 2011 3-Day and am already approaching the half-way mark to the $2300 requirement to walk (thanks to some generous donations as well as three highly successful eBay auctions!), I must say that this meeting was more enlightening than I had anticipated and it is still affecting me as I type.

A number of cancer survivors were in attendance at the meeting, and at times their stories nearly drove me to tears, or at the very least got me thinking. Maybe it was their own passion mixed with my own fidgety tendacies, but I frequently found myself wanting to shout out and join them in their passion for the cause. My story may not be as strong or heartwrenching as theirs, but (as you already know) I, too, have lost a loved one to breast cancer, and I, too, know the fear of the unknown and the possibility of disease permanently affecting my life… Let me share:

Not everyone I know may be aware of this, but I also have had a “brush” with a form of cancer. In early 2003, I had a precancerous mole removed from my chest. I was just barely 20 years old. It was a dysplastic nevi; a precancerous mole caught and removed at the earliest possible stage, before becoming a melanoma.  I have many atypical moles on my body, which puts me at higher risk for developing melanoma. It may not be breast cancer, but it is just as scary and just as deadly. So I know the fear that people go through; the fear that maybe (just maybe) the next time you go it for an exam, that might just be the day you get the news…  Because of this, I know all about the desperate hope and need for a cure.

This meeting gave me a mix of emotions in the span of a mere 90 minutes. The high of Pride; realizing that what I am doing will make a difference and will be recognized by thousands. The low of Truth; remembering that every day people are losing their lives toto this disease and that any day it could hit closer to home. The high of Excitement; knowing that I’m taking part in something so awesome and realizing the affect that it has in developing me as a person. And the low of Raw Emotional Power; hearing the cancer survivor’s personal (and often tragic) stories, then going home, looking at my young and innocent daughter and hoping that she will never have the need for what this cause is providing.

I’m still reflecting on everything that I have brought home with me from this meeting. I’m going to hold these emotions close to me as I continue to raise money… What a way to “Get Started”!

For more reading on dysplastic nevi visit: http://www.skincancer.org/dysplastic-nevi-atypical-moles.html

Current Status: My hooters are healthy. My heart is heavy.

Do it for someone you know whose hooters might not be healthy.
Do it for their skin, their lungs, their heart, their ovaries, their colon…
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It starts with a goal…


Goal driven and wanting to make a difference, this year I have decided to join the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® in Tampa, Florida, taking place October 28-30, 2011. The next step is to reach that huge monetary goal. How does one manage to raise that much money with limited time and seemingly limited resources? One thing’s for sure: It’s a challenge. A challenge I am willing to take.

Do I have a “personal story” as to why I am participating in one of the largest fundraisers for breast cancer research? A story so uplifting, so touching… Enough to bring a tear to your eye? Not really. Sure, my grandmother (on my father’s side) passed away in the early 90’s from breast cancer. It was caught too late to allow her the chance of living a long lifetime. Yes, that hits close to home and, sadly, I can’t even count on one hand the number of times I was able to see my grandmother before she died. But is that enough to drive a person to take part in such a huge undertaking? Compared to most of the stories I’ve read about those who have participated in the 3-Day, I’m not so sure. It’s heartwrenching to think about the number of people that I will be joining on the walk who are cancer survivors themselves. Rather than mope in their own misfortune, they are out there doing something about it. Just for that they deserve more admiration than I do. Really.

If I can help to make a difference by taking part in this event, I will. But I cannot do it without the support of people like you. Through your donations you can contribute to my goal and allow me to walk in October. I can’t walk without $2,300 raised, but I’ve decided to double that. Let’s go above and beyond and raise as much as we can for the cause!

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