St. Matthew's 5K Run/Walk

5K, 5 Mile

Event Date

Sat, Oct 29, 2016


Salisbury, NC


Activity Today Later

5K Run / Walk

$20 $20 Register

1/2 Mile Fun Run

$10 $10 Register

About This Activity

In March of 2015 I went to my primary care physician
due to having stomach / bowel issues. My PA, Mrs.
Rogers examined me and suggested I have a CAT scan
just to be on the safe side. The scan showed a mass
the size of a grape fruit growing out of my ovary. I
went to my gynecologist and he recommended me see
Dr. Miller at Levine Cancer Institute at CMC/NE. On
April 25, 2015 I had surgery to remove the mass. On
Saturday morning Dr. Miller came into my room and
told me that I had ovarian cancer. As a 46 year old
mother of two, to say I was shocked is an understatement.
It was determined that my cancer was stage 3
since a small amount had spread to 4 of the 29 lymph
nodes. We discussed treatment options and I was to
have 6 chemo treatments spaced 3 weeks apart. I had
my first chemo treatment in May 2015. Genetic testing
then showed that I had a mutated BRCA 1 gene and
this meant that I had a 90% chance of getting breast
cancer. I was told it was not a matter of if, but when. In
March of 2016 I had a bilateral mastectomy and the
beginnings of breast reconstruction. This was a proactive
step to reduce my chance of breast cancer to 10%.
I had my final reconstruction surgery in July 2016 and
now continue to see my doctors for follow up. I am
extremely thankful for all the doctors and nurses who
gave me such great care, for my church family and
friends who held me up in prayer, and most of all for
God who still holds me in his hands. He gives me
strength, courage, and a positive attitude to help me
thru each day.

In March of 2015 I had cataract surgery on my left eye,
and in April 2015 cataract surgery on my right eye. I
experienced major trouble after my right eye surgery.
After several months of discomfort and vision getting
progressively worse, I was seen by eye specialists at
Cabarrus Eye Center. After several more months of
treatments, my left eyelids began to harden. I was
then scheduled for a CT scan and MRI in March 2016.
The results were most definitely not what I expected as
they informed me I had cancer. I was referred to Dr.
Williams at Levine Cancer Center in Concord and
started chemo in April 2016. I am scheduled to continue
chemo treatments through September 2016.
I feel that I have been blessed in many ways. The Lord
picks us up when we are down. He surrounds us with
love and healing which gives us the courage to face
each day. I am so thankful for my church family and
family members along with many friends that have
come forward to help in so many ways.
May God’s blessings be with everyone that has made a
difference in my life as we continue to strive to move
forward on this journey. We pray for strength and

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