Dear Diary #10 – One Emotional (AND Awesome) Race

This week has been a rough one to say the least. Maxwell and I were making dinner on Friday night and got one of those calls that no one wants to receive. My parents had spent two weeks away from the Philippines visiting Thailand for what I thought was a vacation (in case you missed me complaining on Instagram). Turns out they were visiting with breast cancer specialists at a hospital in Bangkok (I knew their 2 week vacation felt a little long). Mama has breast cancer – early stage invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) breast cancer. We had no idea and my parents did not want to tell us until they knew more about the diagnosis, which I completely understand.  She has her annual mammogram done in this summer while she was visiting and they found an abnormality. Sadly, they didn’t get the results back until my mom was already back in Manila. They order a second mammogram in Manila and again found the abnormality. That’s when she was sent to Thailand because their specialists are better than in Manila. They did the biopsy and then went in and removed the cancer and some of the healthy tissue around it while in Bangkok. Next step? She’s flying back to DC in a week to meet with doctors at G.W. Hospital and start treatment.

It’s going to be a rough couple of months ahead of us as we figure out treatment and find ways to help out – but I am glad she is able to come back to DC for treatment. The early stages of IDC breast cancer have high recovery rates and we are all very hopeful! Please keep her in your prayers. She’s super woman, just like mama B, and I know she will be ok! I believe that – I really do.

Interestingly enough my next race is Dewey Goes Pink – a fun 5k run or 1.5 mile walk for breast cancer research. You see, my awesome mama-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and finished her treatment this summer. She is cancer free and full of awesome! She is why I have full faith that my mom will be ok too. She never complained during treatment or surgery and she stayed so positive throughout her battle with breast cancer. It even inspired my sis-in-law to participate in her campus Relay for Life and now she chair’s her campus’ College’s Against Cancer group. Right now she is working with Cancer Care Connection to fund raise – check it out! We are going to be running Dewey Goes Pink on Saturday October 5th and the profits go to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. There’s going to be a ton of pink (you know how I love pink), post-race drinks, many strong breast cancer survivors, music, tech shirts, and a BBQ! Races like these are always inspiring…but running it this weekend has double meaning for me – my mom’s!



[[EDIT: On of my best friend’s signed up for the Abolish Breast Cancer 5k in Connecticut and will ALSO be running on Saturday. This is her first race in a while so send some encouragement her way!]]

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