Ironically, I had been participating in the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure for for 5 years before being diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer. Due to a breast cancer scare of a family member, my family had decided we would participate annually in the Race of the Cure . Little did I know, 2 out of the 5 years in which we participated, I was walking with Breast Cancer myself. Following my diagnosis in April of 2012 and later Double Mastectomy in June of 2012, I knew participating in our family’s annual tradition would continue aiding me in my fight for living cancer free. I gained a new focus for completing each step, I would be walking for myself, wearing Pink. October 2012 was a glorious occasion, with my two best gals Trish and Cynthia, and my two loves, dos Miguels I found my inspiration for striving to complete the race with hope behind each step. Finishing the race in stride was significant, as I had just completed my 5th round of chemo the week before.
As October came to a close, so did another chapter in my life, my mother decided she could better serve me as an angel, watching out from above. I was her caregiver for 13 years; she will be mine for eternity. With 6 rounds of chemo, and several rounds of radiation completed, I decided I need even more change in my life. I wanted to serve in a greater capacity as an educator.
I then interviewed and accepted a position as an Assistant Principal at Dan D. Rogers Elementary, joining the Hillcrest Feeder Pattern in DISD, where I am currently serving today. I have been given the platform to share how I persevered and thrived following cancer. What I know for sure is, my diagnosis meant ONLY one person had to change, and that person was ME. My perception is ever changing for the living! I want to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.
I have never walked alone in life. I have been carried, guided, wheeled, and held with enclosed hands with someone of steady strength as I made my way to the next port on my journey. I am utterly grateful for each expression of love that has been fluid throughout this fight. It has brought me here, to the present day, on this path of fulfilling my purpose in life.
Are you a Warrior Woman? Do you know a Warrior Woman? Do you have a story to share?