My sisters and I did not realize that cancer could be hereditary. Unfortunately, we learned this when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my thirties. Soon after, we learned that two of us are at high risk for both breast and ovarian cancer.
Silver lining? We get to take our health into our own hands. There are procedures that drastically reduce our risk and there are talented, caring medical professionals to help us navigate the process. We are ensuring a better future for ourselves and our family.
When my sister and I were navigating all of the issues related to our high risk diagnosis, Bright Pink provided web resources we needed. Now, finished with my cancer treatment and ready to run my first marathon, I decided to join Team Bright Pink to help ensure those resources reach others that need them.
Organizations like Bright Pink are crucial to letting young women take their health and their future into their own hands. During my cancer battle, we used the hashtag #tovictory to represent all the little victories that we have throughout our lives. Because of Bright Pink, more young women will get to see more victories.
Oh, and one more thing? I love New York. My family is originally from Queens, and I spent a lot of my childhood on trips to see my grandparents in Ozone Park. One of my strongest memories is of my grandmother...well, let's say "encouraging" the Mets on television. Later, when my family left the city, the Verrazano Bridge marked many a family drive between New Jersey and Long Island. I cannot wait to run across this landmark.
I am so excited to return to the city, to run in the streets representing Bright Pink and a brighter future for young women at high risk for cancer.