Dorothy’s Story

 

“I can honestly say that Breast Cancer was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I would not have known the joy of living life to the fullest.”

My experience with breast cancer began in April 1999, when my friends and I first walked the Race for the Cure. Two months later, my annual mammogram resulted in my own diagnosis of breast cancer.

After I recovered I went back to work and thought I would get on with my life. Wrong! Sure to my weakened immune system, I suffered two serious illnesses. I began walking to heal my body. Soon thereafter, I formed a team at work and we participated in my first Race for the Cure as a survivor.

As my one year anniversary approached, I faced a new challenged: Depression. I sought the help of a counselor, who showed me that life was not a competition to see how much I could “take” and it was all right to ask for help.

My next goal was to run, not walk. I have now run in the Tarrant County Race for the Cure, the Dallas and Austin Race for the Cure, and the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, Which covers 60 miles in three days. I’ve come a long way since that first one-mile walk with my girlfriend!