When I was diagnosed with the BRCA 1 mutation this past February, I felt like life was never going to be the same. According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering website, on average, women with an altered BRCA1 gene have a 50 to 85 percent risk of developing breast cancer by age 70. Their risk of developing ovarian cancer is 40 to 60 percent by age 85.
The day before my biggest concern was if my students were going to behave for the sub that was taking over while I was at the doctor. All of a sudden my new worry was, “Wait, am I going to get cancer? What do I do?”
The past few months have been filled appointments: Two genetic counselors, an oncologist, two sonograms and now an upcoming MRI. They have also been filled with questions. “Will you get a double mastectomy? What about a hysterectomy? What is your plan?” I’m so thankful for my family and friends who have been so supportive during this time. But one organization that goes above and beyond supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer before, during, and after is Sharsheret. Sharsheret serves 150,000 women, families, health care professionals, community leaders, and students, in all 50 states. Through 12 national programs, Sharsheret provides culturally relevant support and information to women and families facing breast and ovarian cancer. Sharsheret creates a safe community for women at every stage—before, during, and after diagnosis. We offer tailored resources, information, and support to caregivers, family members, and friends of women facing breast and ovarian cancer to guide them through the cancer journey.
After my diagnosis I was so thankful to know Sharsheret was there.
For this reason, after running 8 half marathons, I will be running the NYC marathon on November 3rd with Sharsheret. This will be my first full marathon! Though the thought of running 26.2 miles in daunting, the fact that I am doing it for such a fantastic organization that empowers me is inspiring and makes it all worth it.
Please consider donating and helping me reach my 3,600-dollar goal.