|Dress: Asos ($34), also loving this and this dress
Blush Heels: Nordstrom (under $70)
Sunglasses: c/o Zenni Optical
As someone who was diagnosed with breast cancer, I am always actively searching for organizations that are making strides to fight & cure breast cancer. One of the most prominent organizations is Susan G. Komen, and I firsthand experienced that their awareness & funding is why I am living right now. However, there is still a lot of work to do. Going through treatments, I can tell we are so close to finding a cure. The unfortunate part is that more funding is needed. Just one of my drugs easily gave me sticker shock. So just imagine the cost of curing cancer. I know it in my heart that with more awareness and sufficient funding, we will have the cure.
Here is how you can help. As someone based in Chicago, on Mother’s day, Susan G. Komen will host an annual race in Chicago called Race for the Cure. By participating in this race, you are helping Susan G. Komen achieve their vision – A World Without Breast Cancer. If you are a Chicagoan, 75% of the funds received from the race will stay within Chicago. I currently get my treatments in Chicago and this would mean so much to me and many other Chicagoans diagnosed with cancer. I live in fear every day that my cancer would metastasize. This can be prevented if we have the the technology to treat and prevent it.
This race also means a lot to me because almost 5 years ago I ran this race (this was before I was diagnosed with breast cancer). What most of you don’t know is that I was an avid runner and I enjoyed running long distance. 5 years ago I signed up to run the 10K Race for the Cure. The morning of the race, I was hesitant to go. It was cold, windy, rainy, and recovering from an allergic reaction to cats. However, I dragged myself to the race. Right when the race started my bladder decided it was full and needed to release. Each stride made it more and more difficult to hold it in. But I kept going and I kept pushing. The rain didn’t help because it amplified the fact I had to go to the bathroom and for some reason I kept missing the porta-potty. I was in pain (and you all know how hard it is to hold your bladder when you have to go THAT bad). There were several times I considered quitting. But I kept pushing. Eventually I crossed the finish line. And you know what? I never felt so accomplished and I forgot I had to go to the bathroom. I ran my personal record and overall finished in 3rd place! Looking back and knowing what I went through with chemo and my current treatment regimen, the race resembled my cancer journey. Every pain and every suffering makes me want to give up but somehow I still strive to keep going on. I know in my mind there will be a finish line to cross and that finish line is finding a cure.
I hope that wherever you are that you consider participating in the Race for the Cure. You don’t need to be a runner or a super athlete. Just being there and supporting a cause for a lot of women who are diagnosed can make such a difference.