I have always said that I never wanted a job where I was indispensable – that was way more responsibility than I wanted to take on. Being a mother was the one exception I made. In 2006, I was 50 years old, my children were grown, my career was established and life was pretty easy. In February, my doctor sent me for a routine mammogram. A few tests and weeks later, I received my breast cancer diagnosis. I still vividly remember that my first thought was, “Thank God my children are grown up . At least I have already accomplished what is most important”.
My sister-in-law immediately signed up for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. After watching a WEBC documentary and seeing brave young women, who were raising children even while they were fighting for their lives, I knew I had to get involved. Later that same night, 5 days out of surgery and many years out of shape, I too signed up to walk the 60 kilometers.
July 2006 was Ottawa’s first WEBC walk. Despite being in the middle on chemotherapy, I felt great. The joy and the feeling of accomplishment I got from the weekend was amazing. In fact, it was so good, that I couldn’t let it go. In September, a group of us from my breast cancer support group and friends from the walk got together and formed “Survivor Ottawa”, a team for the next WEBC.
During the summer of 2008, Survivor Ottawa lost 2 of its team mates, both of whom were beautiful young women who should still be here loving the many wonderful people they had in their lives.
In 2008, I lost 2 cousins to cancer. 2009 has started, and in January 2009 my children’s father lost his fight against cancer. This disease is relentless and must be stopped.
Doing nothing is not an option, so I continue to work with Survivor Ottawa to raise funds for local cancer care and research.
Click here to donate to Bev’s WEBC 2009 campaign