In August of 2017 I walked into patient first by myself with a pain in my right side that wasn’t going away. Thirty minutes later I had a CT scan of my liver where I was told I had multiple lesions that were suspected to be cancer. That week I had a biopsy and PET scan which confirmed I had stage 4 colon cancer that metastasized to my liver and my lungs. I was told that the life span for my disease is up to 5 years. Fast forward almost 2 years later and I am on my 4th line treatment of chemo therapy and my lungs have over 30 nodules and my liver is filled withtoo many tumors to count.
2018 was rough and I made a promise to myself that I would make the most of 2019. Prior to being diagnosed I ran frequently but had to stop last year due to surgeries and being too weak. I started running again this year and ran my first 5k and 10k post diagnosis. In Sept I will hopefully run my first half marathon! I am constantly looking for new ways to challenge myself physically. I have learned that staying active helps me push through the fatigue and nausea which helps me stay off other medications and bounce back quickly when I have set backs. Keeping my body strong is the one thing I can do to help fight this battle and I intend to do just that!
I found The Ulman Foundation while looking for places to volunteer for young adults. I currently volunteer with them making meals for The Ulman House residents. Every time I visit the house I fall more in love with this organization. They are so full of life and laughter. I can’t help but leave each time with a smile on my face and signing up for more days to provide meals. I know I am helping them but they are also helping me. I feel at home there and that my cancer isn’t something they are uncomfortable with. They are truly an amazing organization and I can’t wait to be more involved this summer.
When I found out about Point to Point I immediately knew it was something I wanted and needed to do. Running from Baltimore to Florida with fellow cancer fighters and care givers while visiting other cancer warriors along the way is an amazing opportunity. It will be the first time I ever do anything like this and doing it while under treatment is definitely a stretch but I am not one to shy away from a challenge. Is it possible I can’t make this trip? Yes it is but I intend to meet this goal and if I don’t all the money raised is still going towards and amazing organization that provides support to young adults with cancer. I have seen what they do and believe in them.
Please help me support this amazing organization by helping me reach my participation goal of $4,500.
Thanks in advance for all your support!
Each year more than 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Young adults (ages 15-39) face a variety of unique challenges with a cancer diagnosis including social isolation, fertility preservation, insurance concerns, delayed diagnosis, and survivorship.
The Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman is able to provide free services and resources for the young adult cancer community through programs that focus on patient support services, housing, survivorship, and scholarship. Learn more about young adult cancer and our impact here.