EVENT: Below the Belt 5k
EVENT DATE: May 15, 2016
Want to walk or run as part of the team?
All you need to do is click the "Register" button on this page and you'll be taken to the EventBrite registration for the Stride and Thrive 5K and 1 mile run/walk taking place on May 15.
What are some of the signs and symptoms of "below the belt" cancers?
- An unusually long or heavy period
- Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Trouble urinating
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Abdominal or back pain
- Changes in bathroom habits
- Changes in the vulva
These symptoms aren't always cancer. They could be relatively easy-to-remove fibroids or something else that can be fixed fairly simply. However, it's important if you're experiencing any of these symptoms to talk to a doctor. If your doctor dismisses your concerns or fails to give you an exam, seek a second opinion. Seeking a second opinion after my first doctor failed me was what led to my cancer being discovered.
Learn more about below the belt cancers from the CDC.
Why am I walking and raising money?
I'm walking because women and girls are too often told both explicitly and implicitly that their pain doesn't matter because it's just the price of being female.
I'm walking because a year ago I had no idea that the symptoms I was experiencing could be something serious, let alone that they could be cancer.
I'm walking because if friends, including one who warned that sometimes excessive bleeding and pain could be the sign of a tumor, hadn't told me to seek a second opinion I might not have known I had cancer until too late.
I'm walking because back at Christmas, being able to walk a mile seemed as fantastical as walking into the TARDIS. It's because every time I go for a walk now I'm amazed and grateful that I simply can walk, even if I still stop to catch my breath or don't quite walk at my old speed yet. I'm walking because -- by the grace of God; the kindness and support of my friends in ways too numerous to list here; and the absolute brilliance of Doctor Fader, her team, and the oncology nurses at Johns Hopkins; and the earlier researchers and women they tried to help -- I'm around and able to walk.
Why “Toby’s Triumph” for a team name?
Toby is my darling cat. He came from a shelter and is one of many pets who helped their people get through cancer. Before my cancer was found, when I was anemic and in pain, Toby would curl up by my feet and keep me company. When I came home after my third surgery last year, Toby was insistent on protecting me from the people he thought responsible for keeping me away from him. The day I married my husband, just after my first chemo cycle, Toby purred in my arms for photos before the ceremony. When chemo left me crabby and tired, Toby made me laugh with his antics. He knew that something was wrong and he showed love in the best way he could. The friends and doctors who helped me over the past year are too numerous to list as a team name. Toby's Triumph just seemed appropriate.
Besides, I like alliteration.