Fighting Breast Cancer with Rosalyn!
I am a Cancer Fighter. I am taking action to change the future of this disease for my big sister, Rosalyn Harms. I am raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.
This is Rosalyn's Journey:
In early January, we decided that now would be the right time for me to go back to school. So I applied to go back and get my Bachelor of Education After Degree and I was accepted; we were thrilled! We were also excited that my studio was expanding and we had added two teachers to the team, a third came in May. Life then decided to have its way with us in the other direction. In early February, my grandfather became very ill and after 6 weeks, passed away from a brain infection and it's complications. My grandpa passed away on March 15th and two days later I was scheduled for a mammogram and ultrasound. That day we found out that there was significant evidence of something abnormal in my right breast and we were informed that I would need a biopsy to explore what was actually happening. This was a bomb drop and what followed were up to now, three of the hardest weeks of our lives...knowing something was wrong, but absolutely no other details. On April 4th I had a biopsy, a car accident the following day and was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 10th.
What followed was a million doctors appointments and a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction on May 30th. We were hopeful that the surgery was going to be all the treatment required, but surgical pathology came back that I would need 12 chemo treatments (I have had 9), 12 months of targeted antibody therapy and 5-10 years of hormone therapy. My original diagnosis was DCIS , but a massive amount and my entire right breast had to go, but because of my age opted for a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. After my surgery they discovered just how big the mass of DCIS was, 11 cm! But also that there were 10 small invasive foci. They got good margins on the invasive IDC but not the DCIS as it was so large. My breast cancer was also triple positive which is an automatic chemo treatment and targeted antibody therapy path.
I have been grieving the loss of my invincible younger self. But the awareness of my mortality has been the bearer of beautiful gifts, an utmost reminder that no one is guaranteed tomorrow and that living in the present is the only thing each of us should be doing. Sitting in and feeling the pain we have, has brought wonderfully deep conversations and incredible moments of connection. Each laugh, hug, cuddle, and tear hold more significance because I appreciate them as a moment of living. It will take a while I'm sure to get back to feeling like myself, the new version because this kind of illness changes you and your outlook on life. Philip, myself, and our children Naiyah and Isaac have tremendous support from our family, friends and colleagues, which we are incredibly grateful for as this would be even more challenging! Our future looks a lot different than it did 7 months ago, you can never know what it holds. So it's raining, but I'm going to dance ♥
"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” -Vivian Green
Please donate today and help me reach my fundraising goal! By helping me reach my fundraising goal I will in turn be donating 10 inches of my hair in Rosalyn's honour.
The money raised will help Canada’s brightest researchers make groundbreaking discoveries, provide cancer patients with much-needed support services and ensure that other life-changing work is possible.
Thank you for joining me in the fight against breast cancer!
Proceeds from my fundraiser will support Breast cancer
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