I was first diagnosed in April of 1993. During these past 15 1/2 years I’ve dealt with several recurrences, which have been treated with subsequent surgery, radiation, hormonal treatments, and chemo. The majority of these treatments have been developed in recent years because of research dollars donated at events such as the Rare Chair Affair. Actually, the chemo I am currently on was approved by the FDA just last fall. I’ve often reflected on how lucky I am, in a strange sense, to have this arsenal of weapons at my disposal, most of which were not available a generation ago. I’ve been given the time to see my children graduate from high school, college, get married, and so far (and counting) present me with three gorgeous and healthy grandsons. So you see I am LIVING PROOF that we are making advances against this insidious disease. Our wonderful artist advisor, Kellie Krawczyk, suggested an election chair. I thought it was a great idea since I’m a political junkie and love the color combination of red, white, and blue.