As a yearly participant in the "Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure" since 2000, I've witnessed the enthusiasm as breast cancer survivors and supporters gathered each year to celebrate life and honor those lives lost to this devastating disease.
At the same time, it was a distant thought that I, too, would be in the ranks of those who had gone before me, on this "unchosen journey."
Having lost a number of dear friends to breast cancer, the topic was very close to my heart. In August of this year, it literally became even closer, when I was diagnosed with Stage 1, Grade 1, breast cancer.
My message to you, my friends, neighbors and to those whom I have yet to meet, is simple: EARLY DETECTION IS KEY.
My cancer was detected during my yearly routine mammogram, so my chances of a full recovery are outstanding. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Get those mammograms. Spread the word; encourage others in your life to do the same. Do not let a weak financial status deter you from making the call and setting the appointment. Financial assistance is available to resident of Orange County and beyond.
Although I was physically unable to join my family and friends this year in Fashion Island for the "2012 Race For The Cure," rest assured I will be there next year and many years there after, due to EARLY DETECTION.