I have been keeping a secret for weeks and it’s been killing me! I am that girl who tells her loved ones what they are getting for Christmas, in October. So it is with great excitement that I finally get to tell you:
I am the San Diego Energizer® Keep Going® Blogger!
I’ve already told you I was walking and that I’m in training. But I haven’t really shared why. So let me do that now.
My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was still in high school. She underwent a double mastectomy. I remember her staying at our house while she recovered from surgery. I remember curling her hair for her with my curling iron. I still have no idea why she would let a teenager near her with a hot curling iron!
My aunt Terri was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 1995. She fought a hard fight and I remember we weren’t too sure if she would make it or not. She underwent four rounds of chemotherapy and a single mastectomy. She was fortunate that insurance paid for reconstructive surgery and she walked away with better boobs than what she started with.
My sister Debra discovered a lump in her breast 3 years ago. She had a lumpectomy 2 weeks later and began her treatments. She underwent chemotherapy for 6 months and then had radiation treatments every single day for 3 months. She was the first one in her immediate family to develop breast cancer, there was no prior history.
Today, all three are cancer free.
Not only do I want to walk for the women of my family, I want to walk for me and my sons.
It has been a personal goal of mine to lose weight and get in shape. The past 6 years of sitting around and baking babies has taken a great toll on me. I won’t pretend I was this skinny minny or anything (that hasn’t happened since high school), but I was a lot smaller then than I am now.
That needs to change.
I need to learn to adapt a healthier lifestyle. I need to be able to not only keep up with my crazy boys, but to also remain healthy and alive for them. I need to lose weight. What better tool for losing weight than training for a 60 mile walk. I’ve already lost 10 pounds since I’ve started! And since being overweight plays a factor in your risk for developing breast cancer, then I am going to take that risk out of my equation.
It’s important to me to walk because I can. If a women can endure the torture of breast cancer treatments, then I can certainly tie up my laces and move my butt. Another walker, Jay Furr, wrote an excellent post describing the 3 Day experience: What Is The 3-Day.
I am so honored that Energizer® chose me to be their Keep Going® Blogger for the San Diego Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure®. I just can’t even explain how happy I am right now. Energizer® is one of the presenting sponsors of the walk. As their San Diego blogger, I will be sharing my training and fund raising with you. I’ll be here to make friends, tell you the things I’m learning and encourage other 3 Day walkers to Keep Going®!
Energizer chose 15 bloggers, only one in each hosting city. Be sure to pay them a visit and support them in their journey’s, too.
- Boston – Caitlin Thayer
- Cleveland – Tesa Nicolanti
- Chicago – Paula Krueger
- Michigan – Shawn Ann Griffith
- Twin Cities – Rachael Coe
- Denver – Laurie Cooper
- Seattle – Heidi May
- Washington D.C. – Holly Zegalia
- Philadelphia – Jennifer Quintua
- Atlanta – Stacie Connerty
- Dallas – John Welsh
- San Francisco – Ana Picazo
- Tampa Bay – TBA
- Arizona – Catherine Holland
- San Diego – ME!
It’s a 60 mile journey over the course of three days. If I can do it. You can do it! Won’t you join me?