This past weekend I attended my first Young Survivor Coalition(YSC) Summit in Austin, TX. This organization is for young women facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Every year they hold a conference with speakers, breakout sessions that address the needs of young women with breast cancer and also for their co-survivors as well. If you are interested in learning more about the organization you can check out their page. http://www.youngsurvival.org
I had no idea what to expect. I also had no idea how much I needed this conference. I met so many amazing women and made friendships that are going to last a lifetime. It was the first time in about 19 months where I felt almost normal. I met women who understood what I currently am going through and I got an idea of what challenges I may face after active cancer treatment finishes.
One of the breakout sessions I went to was the fear of the unknown. It addressed recognizing anxiety and how to face it. There was also discussions about PTSD from a cancer diagnosis and the treatment that follows it. The amount of support and help available to us was nothing short of amazing. I can not wait until next year’s summit.
Now I find myself thrown back into reality. The reality of countless doctors appointments and of course chemo(where I am right now). This was a hard week back. I found myself crashing in the afternoons pretty hard. Yesterday and today were just what I call bad cancer days where nothing seems to be easy. Usually week 3 is my “good” week but I think with the excitement from the weekend my body was just exhausted.
One of the things to come out of the summit was me deciding to challenge myself and sign up for the YSC Tour De Pink. It’s a 200 mile, 3-day charity bike ride for breast cancer. I have committed to raising $3000 for the Young Survivor Coalition. YSC is a nonprofit organization committed to help young women, like myself, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. In my battle with cancer I have been very grateful for this organization. Tour De Pink will be my way of giving back and getting involved. It will be one month after my last chemo infusion which is a big milestone for me. If you are able to donate please go check out my link I will post below. After making a donation send me your address I will send you a little thank you gift.
Nothing quite goes to plan these days. I was suppose to finish this post on March 15 and its now April 1. I am hoping to be a little more consistent with my posts. Maybe that will go on my April list of goals. I will also being doing another post going into more detail about Tour De Pink.