On February 26, 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a 1 cm. triple positive lump in my right breast. Since then that 1 cm. has represented one biopsy, four surgeries, 35 radiation treatments, three scans, 17 Herceptin treatments, four chemo treatments, seven months of baldness, one bone scan, one bone marrow biopsy, countless sleepless nights, seven years of after-care medications, and 20 extra pounds.
The very same 1 cm. lump also represented the push I needed to celebrate life with a cruise to Bermuda and a trip to Germany, to quit smoking, to become a fundraiser and help others, to get healthy by working out and running, to gain a better appreciation of the love and support of my family and friends, and to check an item off my bucket list by organizing Lori’s Loop.
I learned about the PBCC when a friend ordered a Friends Like Me care package for me soon after I was diagnosed. Since then I’ve ordered many more of the friends boxes for others.
I stayed active and jogged a course while I was going through chemo and radiation treatment. I always thought, “One of these days I’ll organize a race and it’ll be on this exact space.” Last October I fulfilled that promise and held the first Annual Lori’s Loop 5K to benefit the PBCC. We had 100 runners which was a great turn-out for a first year event, and we raised $1,500 for the PBCC! We will do it again this year in Haines Acres in York.
I’ve learned to try to make the best of every day. You can’t really appreciate that until you come up against something that’s trying to take that away from you. This is it. You don’t get a reset button or a do-over. I switched jobs and am now working part-time, making a lot less money, and realizing I don’t need as much as I thought I did before. I’m enjoying my time with my husband Terry and my daughter Brooke Voloshin.