As the recipient for last year’s Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser, I thought I would take a few minutes to write about my experience with breast cancer, Urban Betty, this fundraiser and how it helped to support me.
As a Betty, I am a part of an amazing team of supportive women. After the initial shock of hearing my diagnosis, all I wanted was to be surrounded by my ladies and they took it to heart. Every single one of them was there when it was time to shave my head. They were there to cover me in warm towels after treatments. Chelle provided an assistant for me and through her amazing social media network, she helped elevate a GoFundMe that was started by my best friend. Kim set up a calendar to have people send food and house cleaners. And then, on top of all of that, I was informed I would be the benefactor of this event. The fact is, cancer is expensive. Like VERY expensive. I had one daughter at home, and the other daughter with her sweet-cheeked baby in tow, moved home to help. Every dollar helped and Urban Betty heard that call.
When I think back on my experience with cancer, I think of my family, friends, work community, and how their efforts carried me across the finish line. I was diagnosed on May 3, 2017 and by Nov 6, 2017, I was finishing up my last chemo session. My surgery was on Dec 19, 2017. Those dates are seared in my memory. But, I never could have made it without my family, friends, and my Urban Betty community.