As I’m writing this Susan G. Komen 3-day walk recap I have frozen bags of peas over the most sore spots on my body. Which isn’t saying much since my whole body is sore. Even so, I would not trade the past 3 days for anything.
When I first learned about the Susan G. Komen walk 10 years ago I was so inspired, but couldn’t financially join the fundraiser group. As most of you know, around 2.5 years ago I lost my late husband to lymphoma . The pain of watching someone you love slowly be lost to cancer is a heart wrenching one that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. The pain from this type of loss is something that takes years to even begin to process, and some people never move past it or work through it. That is why after my own breast cancer scare two years ago, I decided I would do whatever I could to stop others from going through what I did. Thus began my fundraising journey. After working hard for 3 months and bothering all my friends and family for donations, I reached the $2,300 goal.
I was preparing for this weekend to start I knew that it would be a very difficult thing to accomplish. And even though it would suck, walking 60 miles in 3 days is nowhere near as hard as breast cancer. What made this walk so much easier was walking with my
dear friend, and team member, Allison Hill. Walking with a friend helps keep your mind off of the distance you still need to walk, and I know I wouldn’t have been able to finish this without her. Allison’s family has also dealt with its fair share of cancer,
even though it was not breast cancer. Spending 3 days with someone who understands the horrors of cancer and who is such a good supporter definitely helped.
It wasn’t just Alison who helped with the walk, but also the women and men who we were around that shared their own personal stories. Have you ever experienced being exhausted but also so inspired by the strength of strangers? Because that’s what I felt with every new person we talked to.
first day of the walk was probably the worst for me. In the sense that I was a little underprepared physically speaking. I’m not used to doing that much exercise in such a short amount of time and it definitely showed, if you were watching my instagram stories!
My knee was hurting so bad that I was sure I had pulled a muscle or something. Not only did my knee hurt very badly, but my hands got swollen to twice their normal size! It was definitely a little worrying, especially since I consider myself a pretty healthy
and active person. When the first day was over I went to medical just to make sure I hadn’t somehow hurt myself. The doctor that saw me massaged my knee and helped get rid of the pain, and told me nothing was wrong it was just because I wasn’t used to walking
that much. Thank goodness!
two was much better than the first day. I think it was because I knew what the day was going to be like now. The swelling went down in my hands and my knee didn’t hurt as much, but it was so much hotter. That’s ok though! Allison and I made sure to stay hydrated!
So many people volunteered their time to be at every pit stop and they made sure we had little snacks and drinks. It also was very exciting when we reached the halfway mark. There were more volunteers to encourage us and remind us that we were halfway there!
the third and last day, I was definitely the most energized. Friday I felt so tired so quick, but I was very awake and ready to finish walking the 20 miles we had left. I was very excited but also a little sad. I was so proud that Allison and I had made it
so far and that we were going to finish a walk for something we both believed in and worked so hard for. But, I had such a good time hanging out with people before, during, and after each day and hearing their inspiring stories. I didn’t want it to end.
During all three days there were always people at each pitstop that brought fruit, snacks, and drinks for us. They also had such fun music and groups that gave their time to help encourage us to keep going. There were even people who had tables outside their homes on the grass to give us snacks! There was even a home that hung up a long line of bras to represent the power and strength that breast cancer patients have.
often find myself talking to strangers and easily getting along, but when people come together to support a cause we all believe in, it’s even easier. I met so many people during this journey that I became so close with. Laughing and crying over stories and
experiences creates a deep emotional bond that cannot easily be broken. There were so many women there who had such an honest want to empower others through their stories. The support they offered strangers who were struggling with their own battle with breast
cancer or their loved ones battle was amazing.
thing I noticed throughout the weekend was that with every new story I heard I noticed they all had something in common. I may have noticed this quickly because it was also something I learned through the death of my late husband. Even though cancer itself
is hard to deal with, that doesn’t mean that it is all about death and sadness. Cancer makes you face life and reexamine how you have been living. Have you been taking your family for granted? Have you not been appreciating things that you never would have
thought to before?
you’ve realised that you haven’t been thankful for the many blessings in your life it’s much easier to begin to appreciate what you have. Breast cancer takes so much from us, but I met so many inspiring people who have lost loved ones to breast cancer or have
battled it themselves and continue to see the good in life. People who have hurt and pain they might always face were so appreciative of the many things they did have. They were grateful for the things they’ve gotten to experience and their loved ones who cared
so deeply for them that they joined their 60 mile walk.
know many times people will join fundraisers like this once their life has been touched by that specific disease and sadness. But, that’s what the Susan G. Komen 3 day walk is all about. Your family, friends, loved ones, shouldn’t have to go through the pain
and trials of breast cancer. Begin the fight before
someone you love is fighting for their life.
money raised during these walks help lead to more discoveries, new medical approaches, and new medical treatments. Thanks to 35 years of Susan G. Komen walks and fundraisers, millions of dollars have been raised and breast cancer death rates dropped 38% from
1989 to 2014. Help Komen reach their bold goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.
The past 3 days and 60 miles have been some of the most rewarding in my life. And even though my entire body is aching and demanding an ice bath, I can’t find it in me to regret it.
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