From Supporter to Survivor

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2015.  After discovering a lump I went in for my (overdue) mammogram and then had a follow up biopsy at Waverly Health Center.  From there I was referred to the Mayo Clinic  for chemotherapy and  mastectomy, and finished my treatments with 6 weeks of daily radiation at the Covenant Cancer Treatment Center. I plan to have reconstructive surgery later this year.

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Sherry (2nd from left in blue pie shirt) walks with her team at the 6th PRR.

My family has participated in the Pink Ribbon Run almost from the beginning…I have always wanted to support women going through cancer, but  I never expected to be one of them!  This year’s Run will be quite a different one for me.  In fact, one thought that kept me going during treatment was that I wanted to be able to run this race in October and start collecting my beads!

Sherry's dad, Sam, finishing the Pink Ribbon Run in 2011.

Sherry’s dad, Sam, finishing the Pink Ribbon Run in 2011.

 

I think the Pink Ribbon Run is great for the community because it shows the strength of so many women and also those who have been their support systems as they go through their cancer experience.  It also raises awareness of research being done, and reminds women to get their checkups and screenings done.

Sherry Schumacher

 

Editor’s note: You can register for the Pink Ribbon Run by following this link to the Pink Ribbon Run Registration. The 10th Annual Pink Ribbon Run is presented by Oakridge Realtors and University of Iowa Community Credit Union. Breast cancer survivors receive free registration thanks to our Survivor Sponsor, Community Auto Group.

 

 

Part of Sherry's friends and family who have been participating in the Pink Ribbon Run for years. This was the 6th Annual Run in 2012. Her dad is far left and good family friend Mary is next to him.

Part of Sherry’s friends and family who have been participating in the Pink Ribbon Run for years. This was the 5th Annual Run in 2011. Her dad is far left and good family friend Mary is next to him.

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