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July 24th-July 25th Noon-Noon
The Sports Park at Willamalane Center
250 South 32nd Street, Springfield, OR Map it
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May 2015 – Survivor Spotlight
Hi! I’m Carol Applegate and I am a breast cancer survivor.
Eleven years ago, my routine annual mammogram revealed an abnormality. I was scheduled for an ultrasound and then a needle biopsy. On May 25, 2004 I got the word from my doctor that the biopsy results confirmed I had breast cancer. The very next morning found me in a surgeon’s office discussing my options. Not a lot of time to process the feelings, etc. that go along with hearing “you have cancer”, but I felt it was good to be on the “fast track” to the solution. I was afraid. I had already lost my father to cancer. I had just turned 46 and my first grandchild was 19 months old. I wanted desperately to be here to watch him grow up.
My treatment plan included surgery in June, chemo in August and September, and radiation from late October to mid-December. The day of my surgery they also did the sentinel node mapping and biopsy. My lymph nodes they tested were negative! I was naïve and thought negative lymph nodes meant I wouldn’t need to do chemo. I was almost as afraid of the chemo as I was the cancer but my Oncologist presented a solid case for why I should do it. So I did! I am thankful I did and believe it was the right choice for me.
In July 2004 I walked my first Survivor’s Lap at the Eugene/Springfield Relay for Life. A profound experience I will never forget and one that I have repeated EVERY year since! I have a standing date with some very special people in my life to walk together as SURVIVORS each year. As the years have passed, I have become more and more involved with Relay by participating on a team and fundraising. This year I also have the honor of being part of the Survivor’s Committee - a great group of people who are dedicated to enhancing the Relay experience for survivors and their caregivers. As a survivor myself and having had the privilege of being caregiver for both my parents, I am grateful for this opportunity.
Advocating the importance of early detection through recommended tests/exams
In May 2005, one short year after my own diagnosis, my mother was told she had advanced stage breast cancer. The tumor was large and her lymph nodes were fully involved. She was 74 and you could count the number of mammograms she’d had on one hand. Cancer took her life in January 2008. I share this brief overview of my mother’s cancer story, in direct contrast to my own, to make a point. Early detection can be the difference between life and death.
PLEASE be diligent in following recommended cancer screening tests/exams for your gender, age group and/or family history and other risk factors.
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The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won't stop until we finish the fight against cancer! Please join us!
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