Menomonee Falls, WI
My Reason For Participating:
“I am a Rare Chair Affair Survivor Artist, first because my dear friend, Barb Rego, signed us both up! I would do anything for her, and I would do anything I could to help eradicate breast cancer. I have met many wonderful, inspiring fellow Survivor Artists. We all have so much in common and so much to share. Participating in this event is an amazing experience! I am honored to be a part of it. I know that together we can make a difference!”
On June 17, 2002, I was told a mass on my right breast was cancer.
Because it was not a small, hard, marble-like lump, I was not concerned and I ignored it for 3-4 months, hoping it would go away. There was no history of breast cancer in my family and I had a misconception of what it should feel like. I also thought I would be the last person to get Breast Cancer!
My advice to everyone is: PLEASE do not wait if you feel anything suspicious. I wish I had gone in sooner!
I learned life is precious and that there are no guarantees.
I learned my family and friends are angels who were a constant source of love and support.
I learned to trust God and love God at a deeper level than I had when I was healthy and capable of doing all things on my own. Your most profound and intimate experiences with God may likely be in your darkest days.
Many changes and much good have come thru these scars I now wear. As I look back, it has been an amazing journey. As I look forward, the future is unknown. But for Today, I am grateful!