Why She Tries
From Gisela Eubanks:
Two years ago on Mother's Day, I woke up with a sharp pain in my side.
We were pretty sure it was appendicitis and went to the ER. When the doctor came in with my CAT scan, he was joking about how big my appendix was. He asked if I wanted to see the image.
When he pulled it up, he was no longer laughing, then he told me a different surgeon would be removing my appendix. That is when I knew I had cancer, the new doctor had oncology next to his name. I was diagnosed with stage 3 Colon cancer.
Since then, I have had 5 surgeries and six months of chemo. Last summer, I read an article about the Tri for a Cure and decided that I was going to do that. I always thought the Tri was only for breast cancer, but women get other cancers too.
In the fall, I signed up for SheJams to help me train. Before I could sign up for any classes, I found out I needed another surgery. My doctors believe I have Lynch syndrome, and wanted to remove my uterus and ovaries as a precaution.
So, I waited.... In April, I finally started my training. It has been difficult but I am ready! The swim will be hard but it is the shortest part.
I work at Unum and I saw a note about the Pink Tutu Ladies asking if any Tri participants wanted to join to train and fundraise with them. Prior to this, all I had planned to do was raise the $500 minimum, instead these wonderful women have helped me get out of my comfort zone to raise money for the Maine cancer foundation. So, what had started as a challenge to myself to get healthy, has also enabled me to make new friends.
Thanks to all the women and instructors at SheJams and my all the Pink Tutu Ladies.