Sunday, May 22, 2011
Empowering & Proactive…these words slipped from my lips the first time I attempted to explain what it was to participate in the 3 Day. That was in 2007 after I participated in my 1st walk. This will be the 5th year that my team the Tenacious Turtles walk in the 3 Day for the Cure.
I didn’t begin this journey because I felt empowered. I began this journey because my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. I said “yes” to walking before I knew what I was saying “yes” to. It was during my first training walk of 3 miles that took me an hour that I started to do the math. “If I walked 3 miles per hour for 20 miles, that is going to be a 7 hour walk each day? WHAT?” I was not feeling powerful; I was feeling weak in the knees. Training, training, training, Opening Ceremony, music, walk, walk, walk, day 1 complete, meet new friends, being cheered for, walk, walk, walk, day 2 complete, meet more new friends, hearing inspiring stories of strength and courage, walk, walk, walk Closing Ceremony. I did it! I felt very powerful!! The experience gave it to me and I graciously took it. I have been empowered by the 3 Day.
I have reached that time of my life that I started thinking about legacy. What will my legacy be? What have I done with my life? What have I contributed to society? I didn’t begin this journey because I wanted to be proactive. I began this journey because my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. What I realized is with every step made and every dollar I raised for Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure I was contributing to breast cancer research and awareness raising. The more money I can raise the more money I can contribute to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I personally can help rid our world of breast cancer. I would love to have my grand daughter's, daughters learn about breast cancer not from personal experience but from their history books. I will move forward in life to help my previous statement come true. I am proactive!!