Monday, June 4, 2012

Inspiration Updates - Part 2

Julie’s Update: Julie’s story is a happy one.  Julie has always been the one prepared but being prepared for her own breast cancer diagnosis was not something she even saw coming.   However, when she detected a lump she was prepared, having been to the surgeons and the oncologists with Charmaine all of these years.  Nothing was beyond the realm of possibilities.  After chemotherapy, radiation and reconstruction, I am happy to say that Julie is approaching the 4 year mark of remission.  She continues to work, visit her boys at school, and enjoy life and travel with my brother-in-law Tom.  

Julie continues to be my inspiration everyday and its mostly because of the small things she does:  challenging herself to drive on expressways, being there for my daughters’ recitals, running a 5k (2011 F.A.B. 5k) and continuing to help Charmaine’s kids by being their aunt, friend and advisor when they need it most.  Julie is a one-of-a-kind sister and I am extremely proud to say she is one of mine.

Janet has celebrated 8 years of remission from breast cancer! She celebrated her remission and 70th birthday by cheering Melanie and me on at the 26.2 with Donna Breast Cancer Half Marathon in Jacksonville, Florida.  She stood on the side of the course, proudly wearing her survivor bib as participants cheered her on as they ran past. She has enjoyed watching the F.A.B. 5k and basking in the feelings of love and support for her and others who are fighting breast cancer. It was her first 5k ever and enjoyed every minute of it! She remains vigilant about her mammograms and periodic check ups, but doesn't dwell on what  might happen. She enjoys working as a tour guide at a plantation outside New Orleans, spending time with friends and my dad, and enjoys her "grand babies" as much as time and distance will allow. She has always been a source of inspiration for me and I have learned the true definition of perseverance from her. 

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