Swing for the Cure

October is breast cancer awareness month. The gym I go to asked us to find someone who suffers with this now or previously and to share their story.

My gym is Lyceum in Brick Canvas at Thanksgiving Point. I love that they continue to challenge us and this week I will be swinging a 35lb kettlebell 2500 times.

Here is my neighbor Libbie Ferguson’s story:

“I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer for the first time in August of 2001. As part of the tests I went through, they found a renal carcinoma of my left kidney as well. After four surgeries in five weeks I began chemo followed by radiation. I went into remission for nine years and then it returned. Again, I went through treatment and was blessed to go into remission again but it only lasted a year. I’ve been in treatment since 2010 and are holding it at bay, though not curing it. At this point, I am dealing with metastatic breast cancer that has gone into my lungs, lymph nodes, and bones.
I’ve decided that it is like moving into a new and unfamiliar city. Your not sure about the neighborhoods or what you will find as you journey through the unknown territory but you must go anyway. It is surprising what you can learn about yourself as you face what is around each new corner. You will find that you are much stronger than you think you are. It helps to get directions and comfort from those who have been there before. I have learned so much about myself and about the love of God. Time means more and those I love know it.
I’ve always thought that they need to hand out a cancer basket like they used to hand out welcome baskets when you move into a new neighborhood. It would contain all the prescriptions you will need along with all the over the counter medicines and other things needed to deal with all the many side effects that come along the way, and there are many. One night I decided to write down that list and I had seventeen items on it. Really though, I would like this neighborhood to become so exclusive that no one would ever be able to move there.”

I love the way she made the comparison and seeing cancer through her eyes. I stand in awe of these women who battle it day in and day out and are fighters. This challenge is nothing compared to what they have to go through and I feel honored to do it for such a great woman.