After a rough week, I’m starting to feel normal. The bone and joint pain has went away and the fatigue and fog is lifting. Praise God I am done with chemo side effects! I cannot wait to see my hair start growing. Even though I didn’t lose my eyebrows and lashes completely, I’m ready for them to become full again. I feel like a flower in the spring, I too will soon bloom wonderful hair…like a chia pet! Ha! Can’t wait!
As I said in my last post, last Saturday I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. My friend Lisa formed a team which we named, Renaes Peanuts. It was a beautiful day for survivors, their families and friends to come out and support the fight against breast cancer. Over 15,000 people participated in the race. Of those 15,000…..73 of them were a part of Renaes Peanuts. And that’s not including the countless people who generously donated to Renaes Peanuts. As of today, Renaes Peanuts has raised $3,838.00!!! I am so grateful for everyone who supported Renaes Peanuts. With this being the first year I’ve ever done this race, I feel so blessed to have the love and support of so many. It warmed my heart to see everyone wearing their team shirts and smiling faces. I also participated in the survivor parade that took place first thing Saturday morning. Talk about overwhelming. I couldn’t help but cry at the sight of so many survivors. We were easily identifiable in our pink survivor shirts. The morning was inspirational and moving to say the least. There was even a 61 year survivor! Now that’s motivation to keep on fighting!
Here are some pictures that many of my team shared with me from the beautiful day. 😊💕
Renaes Peanuts!! What a beautiful sight! ❤️
Some of my HPE family came to support me and the fight against breast cancer. From the left…Andrea, Esther-my awesome boss! Then Dori and Lisa. 😊 During the walk, they were handing out pink flowers to the survivors.
Out of all the people there, I found Leigh Anne-my friend, neighbor and fellow survivor! Having her to talk to has helped me so much as I walk this new walk. The hard days, the good days and all the days in between. 💕 And this girl…really don’t know what I’d do without her. Lisa formed Renaes Peanuts and ordered the team shirts. She’s been one of my best friends for many years. She sends me text messages just about every morning checking on me. She’s laughed with me, cried with me, made me dinners, is there when I need to talk, calms my fears, and makes me feel better. Love her lots! 💕
I’m so happy my brother Ryan and my niece Annika were able to make it to walk with me. Having them there meant so much to me. I hope that with raising awareness through races like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Annika will never have to worry about a breast cancer diagnosis. Me with my sweet niece, Annika. 💕
Ryan, me and my Mom. ❤️ My Mom and me. I am the woman I am today because of my Mom. She taught me to be strong, positive and faithful. Losing my Dad to cancer 19 years ago, then losing my Grandma just last year to cancer, my Mom has been the strongest woman I know. I know my diagnosis has not been easy for her, but her faith in God has carried her through the toughest times. She’s always willing to be by my side and I am forever grateful and blessed to call her Mom. 💕
My bestie, Shawna and me. I was so happy she came out to support me. She’s a constant in my life and we have been through a lot together. I know I can always count on her when I need a good belly laugh! And when I’m feeling scared and uncertain because of my situation, she lets me cry and cries with me. Even if we are in the middle of Fazolis! I love her with all I have.
My very good friend Denise and me taking a selfie! Denise is one of those people you just want to be around. She’s always positive and loving towards me. She loves my boys like they are her own and I love that they love her too. Denise and another sweet friend Jeannie clean my house when I’m not feeling up to it because of my chemo treatments. I love them both more then they know.
My boys and me. ❤️❤️❤️
Melissa and I taking a selfie before the walk. Melissa is another sweet friend of mine. 💕
My family of five. We did it together…surviving takes everyone.
Me with my youngest Owen. ❤️
I did it!!!!
My brother in law John and me. He has been awesome in helping us with the boys and their busy sports schedules, especially when I felt like poo after surgeries and chemo.
Some of my favorite pictures were taken by my dear friend, Donna. I was secretly hoping she’d bring her camera. She captured the day wonderfully. 😊
Me with Donna, Sarah, Hannah and Sarah’s daughter Emma. I babysat for Sarah, Hannah and their younger brother Kyle when I was in high school. I was so happy when I saw they were coming to walk with me. It was so good to see them! During the pink parade. 💕
Walking for futures.
My friends/neighbors Rex and Julie came to walk, complete with Addie and her twin sisters, Mara and Carly. Loved having them there! 💕
The Elkos are some of my favorite people. Along with Lisa’s mom, Debbie. 💕