I’ll be participating in the 2018 Lahey Health 5K Cancer Walk & Run on June 23!
With your help, this event will raise $350,000 to support cancer services across Lahey Health. Proceeds of this event have a tremendous effect on patient care, helping purchase new equipment for treatment, offering cancer support groups and providing comforting spaces for patients and their families. Personally, this event has meant a great deal to me in the past year as I completed treatment just before the 2017 Walk & Run. It is now my turn to give back in gratitude.
My oncologist, Dr. Yalamarti, worked closely with me to develop my treatment plan for stage one breast cancer with positive HER2 NU which consisted of a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy, 5 grueling chemotherapy sessions over 12 weeks, monthly Herceptin treatments for ONE YEAR, and daily (35) doses of radiation therapy. Poonam, my wonderfully warm and caring oncology nurse, helped to keep my spirits up with her stories of India and her newborn grandson. In addition, I took advantage of the alternative therapies provided by Lahey Health and I looked forward to the foot massages (thanks Andrea!!), acupuncture during infusions and yoga classes. The best gift, other than a current "NED" outcome (no evidence of disease), was meeting the incredible women in the Breast Cancer Support Group offered by Winchester Hospital. We started out as a (mostly hairless) scared, unsure, teary-eyed group (oh wait i'll just speak for myself) who bonded so much over our shared diagnoses. We have continued to get together monthly at various watering holes in the Burlington area. We laugh, inform, support each other, question new treatments on the horizon pertaining to our positive or negative hormone proteins, and continue to get strong both physically and mentally. As we say, no one really "gets us" better than one another. (BCG!!) Oh, and by the way, I continued to work at my job at a local Harvard teaching hospital (3 months were reduced hours as I was so fatigued by the chemotherapy).
I also have to give a shout-out to Dr. Kelley Cornell, my surgeon at the Winchester Hospital Breast Care Center, who has been my doctor for about 20 years. Man, she is the best surgeon around. After my mammogram, MRI, and biopsy in a few short days, I knew it was going to be a serious diagnosis. Dr. Cornell laid it out for me in her no-nonsense and optimistic way, and off we went. I cannot thank enough the nursing care at Winchester Hospital, the oncology staff and team at 620 Washington Street and at Unicorn Park, and the social workers and therapists who were so kind to me, wiped my tears, gave me encouraging hugs, became my friends (hello again Andrea!) laughed at my holiday hats, and provided medical advice for treatment side effects that continue to crop up (it really never ends).
Will you help me reach my personal goal by joining my team or making a donation today? Registering and donating through this website is simple, fast and secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. I hope you know that your donation will help other patients like me. I couldn't have gone through this without them, and I continue to rely on the good folks at Lahey Health/Winchester Hospital for check-ups and I know they will be there in the future (knocking wood of course). Our team goal is $5,000.
Thank you for your support! One in 8 women will get a breast cancer diagnosis. It effects more people (mostly women, but men too) than you realize.
If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.