Breast cancer hasn’t stopped Tina Wendel from living life!

Below is a survivor perspective from Tina Wendel:

This Pink Ribbon Run marks my 6th year as a participant and my 24th year as a breast cancer survivor.  In 2010 I became aware of this event and my intention on the first run was to be a part in finding a cure for this disease.  As I learned more about the Beyond Pink TEAM and how it helps men and women right here in Northeast Iowa, my focus changed to bringing awareness about the importance of early detection and how I can support local survivors.

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Tina Wendel, 24 year survivor, at the 6th Annual Pink Ribbon Run.

As I’ve been trying to put my thoughts together to tell my survivor story, my mind keeps coming back to those that won’t have a survivor story to be told, those that have received the diagnosis that their breast cancer is incurable.  I praise God that I was one of the lucky ones that found my tumor early, that the surgeries & treatments were successful and I am able to participate 24.5 years after my diagnosis.  I recently had a scare that my cancer had metastasized and was out of my mind with worry until the biopsy results revealed that was not the case.  All these years later, recurrence still hides in the back of my mind.

 

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Tina (to the right of the Profile Fitness sign) with her team of supporters at the 9th Pink Ribbon Run.

 

Yes, I am a cancer survivor today because of early detection and the grace of God.  A breast cancer diagnosis didn’t stop me from living. It didn’t stop me from being a mom to my son and adopting two wonderful daughters.  It didn’t stop me from becoming a grandmother to 4 amazing grandchildren.  And breast cancer won’t stop me from participating in events such as the Pink Ribbon Run that fund financial support to those battling the disease.

On October 1, I will participate in my 6th Pink Ribbon event.  At my side will be my 2 daughters, 2 of my sisters, my daughter-in-law, 2 of my 4 grandchildren and some of my good friends that always support me in my fight.  October 13 is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day and I will wear pink for the women that are living with the diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer and for all their stories that you won’t hear about in the month of October.

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Tina (left) runs the PRR course with a neck FULL of pink beads. Joining her are her daughters and team members.

Pink Ribbon Run committee note:  If you are motivated now to join the Pink Ribbon Run- follow this link to register. Online registration is open through Wednesday, September 28 at noon. But we will still be taking registrations at packet pickup on Friday, September 30 from 5-7 pm and Saturday October 1 beginning at 7 am. Breast Cancer Survivors get free registration thanks to Survivor Sponsor Community Auto Group.

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