Thursday, May 29, 2014

Avon Walk


Hey everyone! Tim and I have decided to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer here in San Francisco. Well, let me rephrase... it was all Tim's idea.

So, I thought about just brushing over this post & directing you to our Team Page for information. However, I guess the point of starting this blog is to be transparent. My life consists of a lot more than styled Instagram pictures and walks through San Francisco and new material possessions. Of course, I don't share too much else because let's be honest, what's the fun in that? In fact... it says a lot that this photo got nearly 200 likes, yet this one didn't even get 50. However, I figure if you're here- at my personal blog- you do care a little bit about my life and what I have to say, so I'll continue.

Since the day I was born, cancer has been a large part of my life. When I was in my early 20s, I decided to have genetic testing done due to my family's history. Turns out, I have BRCA2. In short, BRCA2 is a genetic mutation that makes me very susceptible to breast [and many other forms of] cancer during my lifetime. Bummer, dude. However, I like to think of my situation as having a one-up on science. I know my risk, so I'm able to always be one step ahead of the game. I'll be able to catch anything & everything before it becomes a problem. I have a genetic counselor who makes sure I get regular screenings & a great team of doctors who are really nice. I also have an extremely loving, kind, and proactive fiancé who does things like sign us up for the Avon Walk.

[On a side note, I want to make it clear that I'm not always positive about this stuff. I actually think it's pretty much total crap. I hate that I have to go to appointments & have invasive procedures & always be expecting or waiting for the worst. Yet, that attitude comes & goes. Sometimes, I realize I'm really lucky. Other times, I'm furious. Just keeping that level of honesty I promised up front.]

As a couple, we're very fortunate to have great healthcare and live in a city with such great medical teams just a few blocks away. However, Tim felt it was time we did something more. When I agreed to sign up for the walk, I was under the impression it was a fun run that would end with brunch & bottomless mimosas. Turns out, it's a 2 day, 40 mile walk all through San Francisco. In addition to walking until our legs fall off, we each have to raise $1,800. We've decided to do all fundraising as a couple [Go Team Lamb!!] to make it easier, but that means we're looking at a final sum of $3,600. Yikes!

What I like about the Avon Walk is that they're very clear on where the money goes. [For information on that, click here.] They're dedicated to the whole picture: medical research into the possible causes, prevention, treatment and cure of breast cancer, clinical care for breast cancer patients, support services for patients and their families, educational seminars, and early detection programs. I've also heard that the walk itself is a life-changing experience, & I'm looking forward to finding out what that means. At first, I was a little hesitant to move forward with this.... mostly because I don't get the brunch I imagined. But, the more I've researched, the more I saw how important it is for us to participate and reach these goals to help women everywhere. I am so grateful for a partner who sees the big picture and signed us up. I guess in many ways, just signing up has already been life changing.

SO ANYWAYS. The point of this post is that we need your help. If you're able to make a donation [no matter how small], we'll be tremendously grateful & indebted to you. We believe that with the support of our friends, families, and communities- it will be no problem to meet our monetary goal and truly make a difference.

For more information on our team or to make a donation, click here. To make a donation, click the "Donate to Team" button that will be located right underneath our photo. 

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

2 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing such personal information. cancer is a big part of my family history as well. it's not fun or enlightening. it pretty much sucks and is disheartening at times. i too have to face a reality that i don't often want to in my lifetime but, it's something i am (somewhat) grateful for since i have the fortune to be able to be aware and knowledgeable about my health. how awesome of you and your fiance to support such an important cause that affects so many. =) totally in support of that.
    xo,
    nancy

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  2. Your honesty is so inspiring, and my thoughts are definitely with you!! My mother-in-law just was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer (this is the first time I'm sharing that online!) and so I definitely respect what you're doing. Here's hoping that you get that brunch as soon as you're feeling up to it post-walk! =)

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