I come from a family of breastless women
I began my career at Good Samaritan Hospital 43 years ago but my story actually began when I was 17 and a senior in high school. On March 1st, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. As the oldest, I did my best to help Daddy with family business. When asked if my mom had a mastectomy, I had to admit I didn't know what that was but Mom had her breast surgically removed. Things were much different in 1968. After a radical surgery, at Good Samaritan, Mom went home to worry about her future. There wasn't any support for her and no one talked about cancer above a whisper. She had to survive with the love and positive support of her incredibly loving husband and 3 daughters. Mom hung her air filled plastic breasts on the door knob each night. Each morning using her straw to inflate them properly. All of her lymph nodes were removed with surgery, which meant lymphedema followed. Mom held her breath for 5 years...expecting to leave her daughters motherless.
But she was a Harvill...and she married a Tribby...both families claiming the other possessed the stubborn gene. On March 1, 2018, my mother will have survived breast cancer for FIFTY YEARS! She taught us the value of early detection and determination!
Mom's cancer was followed by her mom, her sister, her 4 nieces, a second cancer twenty years ago and then 2 of her daughters...my sisters. All but my grama and aunt have survived...because we are diligent with screening.
For 50 years we have been fighting breast cancer and pledging to keep it from creeping into the next generation. On October 7th I will be participating at Good Samaritan Foundation's Come Walk With Me in Sumner. Please join my team Good Samaritans in Pink or form your own. If you can't join us...how about a contribution to my team? The funds raised will support Breast Programs at Good Samaritan. Free and reduced mammograms are available. Our nurse navigator will help translate the medical maze, our Look Good Feel Better classes will provide a wig and makeup during treatment, massage therapy and exercise classes will support your well-being, and you will find someone to talk to. I can't help but imagine how Mom would have benefitted from that kind of support. Currently we are working on cooling caps...to save the hair during chemo. What an exciting possibility!
I come from a family of strong but breastless women. Join us on October 7th at Sumner's Old Cannery, when Sumner turns pink and our combined voice will join together to provide support and services to save lives and comfort our loved ones.
Grab your pink...and Come Walk With Me. (guys too) you'll be glad you did.
100% of funds raised for Come Walk With Me benefit breast health programs at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital.
By supporting Come Walk With Me, you are helping our community to fund programs like:
- Establishing a free/reduced fee mammography program through Her Piece of Mind
- Providing resource kits for newly diagnosed patients
- Post-surgical camisoles with built-in drainage, provided to patients at no cost
- Complimentary wigs for patients in treatment
- Prosthesis programs for under-insured patients
- Presentations to various community groups on breast health
- Lymphedema classes and support groups
- Exercise and nutrition classes specifically for breast cancer patients
There are many ways you can help!
- Click the “donate” button to support our fundraising efforts.
- Register for Come Walk With Me and participate in the 5K Walk or Motorcycle Ride.
- Help me spread the word by sharing the link to this fundraising page on your social networks.
Come Walk With Me to make a positive impact on our local community.
Come Walk With Me to ensure that every newly diagnosed breast cancer patient at Good Samaritan Hospital gets the necessary support and resources.
Come Walk With Me so no breast cancer patient will have to walk alone through this fight.
About Good Samaritan Hospital
At MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, we provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient health care services. As a private, not-for-profit organization that does not receive general funding from any government entities, Good Samaritan relies on the financial support of the community to provide our growing health care services. Learn more at multicare.org/goodsam.
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