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Bob Carney (gotbob)

Susan, I can't believe how powerful twitter has been...

I am a firm believer that one way of kicking cancer's ass is to stare in the face and laugh. You are an amazing woman to bring us in to your world and share your journey. So many let this beast get the best of them. You don't know how many people your are helping with your strength.

If it wasn't for my curiosity about PEAS on Twitter...Our paths would not have crossed. I hope you are up to walk on the 16th...I am looking forward to meeting you in person.

Susan Reynolds

Bob,
Thanks to YOU for the amazing feedback on twitter about what's happening in Frederick. Although I doubt I'll walk the minimum that I can do is show up and show my support for what you're doing.

It's a wonderful small world and without the remarkable adoption of the frozen twitter peas not only would we have not crossed paths but I'd not have gotten this excuse to come back to Frederick where I lived and worked in the mid seventies when it was just beginning to pop!

Let's see how many other tweeters we can get together for such a good cause. Might it be the first fund-raising related tweet-up? Can't beat that for good karma.

Bob Carney

You won't have to walk but one lap with all the survivors...early in the evening. The rest of us get to walk all night. :)

I already have a team created "Long & Prosper"...But, I would be very impressed if a "Team Twitter" shows up or even a "Frozen Peas Team" was created.

Laurie Frey

Good evening, Susan! I just received your link from Bob Carney...and we would LOVE to have you come to our Relay in Frederick! We also have another Frederick County Relay...Relay For Life of Urbana (www.RFLUrbana.org), if you'd like to add that one to the list!

We traditionally hold a Survivor/Caregiver Reception the night of Relay as well...a time to pay tribute to you folks who, by your example of fortitude, give US, the volunteers and staff of the American Cancer Society, the strength to keep working toward a cure for cancer.

Nearly everyone I meet has some connection with cancer--whether they are a survivor themselves, or have a family member or friend who has fought this battle. I became involved in Relay because my husband has 5 sisters and 3 have been diagnosed with breast cancer...the eldest just passed away in October after a valient 12-year battle. She was strong, optimistic and determined...and the cancer is NOT what took her life. Septicemia secondary to cancer did. She was a true role model...and I view you to be of the same caliber!

Although my connection is strongest to breast cancer, I know so many who have been touched by prostate cancer, colon cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer...some cancers whose names are so long and that are so uncommon that they are neither pronounceable or recognizable! Everyone's battle with cancer is terrifying...we all are fighting separate battles in the same war.

But there is strength in numbers and together we CAN and WILL win the war...one battle at a time! So keep walking for any and all causes! Thanks for shedding light on ALL of them...and especially for those closest to my heart..Strides and Relay!

Happy New Year! May it be one of health, faith, optimism, hope and healing!

Barbara

Hi Susan -- Sorry we have cancer in common, but thanks for promoting R4L and other info on your blog. - Barbara

David Neff

Hey Susan,
This is David Neff over at the American Cancer Society. Thanks so much for speaking so positive about your experience with us. I know choosing the right non-profit and the right fundraiser is a hard thing to do. Do you support the museum walk or the Zoo 5K? Which benefits the right people more? These are all hard questions and I appreciate you talking about it with your readers.

Thanks,
David Neff

Randal Mos

Susan thanks for highlighting not only the ACS's Marking Strides walk but also Relay For Life. As a technology person you would be impressed with Relayforlife.org - it is a social network for Relay folks where we all share our stories, support each other and also exchange ideas about all things Relay. It is a great resource!

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About My Cancer

  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
    My form of breast cancer is less common than others. In fact only about 6 to 8% of cases of breast cancer are the invasive form that is based in the lobules, not in the milk ducts.

    Invasive, sometimes called Infiltrating, is a scary word. In most cases this form of breast cancer has been present for 8–10 years when detected by a mammogram or physical exam.

    In my case there was clearly an area that felt thickened or dense on December 6, 2007. A mammogram the next afternoon was not able to detect it but it clearly appeared on ultrasound and was confirmed by multiple biopsies the same day.

    During those 8 to 10 years the cancer took to become apparent to me, there has been plenty of opportunity for those invasive cells to get out of the breast and spread to the rest of the body.

    It is after all, by definition, an invasive form of cancer.

    Each year about 190 thousand women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the US and about 40 thousand women will die of the disease. The larger the mass is when discovered the more risk. Mine had tentacled almost 5cm into the surrounding tissue and two other areas in the breast were discovered as well.

    My chances of living another 10 years without cancer in another area are about 40%. The likelihood of one of my other underlying health conditions doing the job before that is 20%. it took a few months to get used to that idea.

    Now though my attitude is that at least I know what I'm facing. It's just not what I expected. Life changes in an instant.

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