I want to share my story with you as it has been a long, but positive, life-changing journey. On Mother’s Day 2017, I received the call from my family doctor confirming my worst fear: I had Breast Cancer. During the months ahead, my husband, family and friends were by my side and I am very blessed to have such a strong support system. First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for everything you have done for me!
Now let me take you on my journey….
The first step was to find the best doctors. After advice from family members who were part of the OSU family, I decided my next steps would take place at Stephanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center and I was so lucky they were able to direct me to a team of the best doctors, Dr. Lustburg and Dr. Carson. I was in very good hands and cannot say enough positive things about them. They are both truly amazing people along with the nurses and staff who provided unconditional support to
myself and my family. Once I was underway, I was scheduled with a series of tests which confirmed I had Triple Negative Intrusive Ductal Carcincrz Breast Cancer. After finding out this news, it was a whirl wind. Within two weeks, I had a plan to start a sixteen-week Chemo treatment. My Chemo treatment was divided into two parts: AC Treatment, also known as “the red devil” and the second half was Paclitaxel Treatment. During Chemo, I proved to myself and others around me I had the fight and strength to win my battle with Breast Cancer. I lost my hair, but I embraced this change. I was thanking God every day I was able to battle the sickness and I had the endurance to tolerate the treatments. These changes I experienced took a huge toll on my body, my mind, and my family. After my Chemo treatments, I underwent surgery where they removed twenty-six Lymph Nodes out of the left side of my underarm and then they completed a biopsy of my tumor. The biopsy provided the best news of my treatment: My Cancer was dead! Even with this awesome news, I knew my journey was not yet completed. I still had to undergo Radiation. At this step, I met a group of women of all ages that were going through the same type of treatment. It truly amazed me! I have learned Cancer does not discriminate, and it affects individuals of all races, ages, and religious beliefs. The most beautiful part of this is we were all there for each other knowing the path each of us had taken to get to this point in our treatment. It was an unspoken bond providing strength only we could give to each other. I am forever grateful for all the encouraging people I have met along the way. After going through such an incredible journey, I feel it has fueled me with the passion to be the best version of myself and empower those around me to do the same. One way to you can be part of my movement is to come and join my team # TEAM TARA and show we can work together to find a cure for Breast Cancer. It is my wish a cure will be found to end the suffering Cancer provides in our World. Always remember: Life is precious, embrace all the positive in your life, and never give up hope.
This year I challenge you to join my team, #TEAM TARA and register for the Komen Race for the Cure® to take action and be More Than Pink™. My goal is to make an impact in the fight against Breast Cancer and I need your help. If you are unable to participate in the Komen Race for the Cure®, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today in support of my fundraising efforts.
Your support helps us get one step closer to a world without Breast Cancer. 75 percent of the money raised through the Race stays in the community to fund local Breast Cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The remaining 25 percent supports groundbreaking Breast Cancer research.
Together, we are fueling the best science, boldest community and biggest impact in the fight against Breast Cancer. And we will not stop until this disease is gone forever. That's our promise. Will you please join me in this fight by joining my team or making a donation today?
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