Man, 2013 was a crazy year. Four months after getting married, I found out that my cancer had returned after being in remission for about 6 years. Two large tumors were growing in my cerebellum, and in September I started having severe spells of vertigo and couldn't figure out why. Luckily I had an MRI in October and had surgery to remove them. They followed-up with stereotactic radiation. Now I am cancer-free again, and will get CT or MRI's regularly to make sure it stays that way!
I had been jogging over 3 miles in a great class at the RunOn store back in September when I became ill. They were so nice and let me put a store credit toward another class as soon as I'm strong enough. So I am looking at March or May to start back jogging in groups. I'm back at the gym and able to jog a little bit on the treadmill and stepping up the stair climber. I want to run the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation 5k in Dallas May 3rd, 2014! I need to think of a team name, so let me know if you want to join me or donate!
JUNE 2013: I got married this month! We had a small wedding with close family and friends, then jetted off to Hawaii for the honeymoon. It went so smoothly thanks to my Mom for helping with everything, great florst DIRT, makeup by Jen McKimmey and photos by Alicia Stepp at One+One Images. There are a few photos on my Facebook!
MAY 2013: I had the honor of speaking about my experience with lung cancer at a luncheon for the American Lung Association at the Dallas Arboretum. It was such an honor and a beautiful day! My Mom and her friend Laura attended, so it was really special to share the event with them.
MAY 2013: Flew off to Washington D.C. for the annual Lungevity.org HOPE Lung Cancer Summit! It was so emotional and touching, thanks to them for letting me go - it was really special. They are so good at supporting people during the difficult times that cancer brings. Visit their website at Lungevity.org - and check out the events in your area!
APRIL 20, 2013: JOIN ME or DONATE to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation's 5k Jog/Walk in Dallas, TX. I need to raise $1,500 this year, and RUN 5K! PLEASE VISIT MY DONATION PAGE HERE - I NEED YOUR HELP! This is my second year to particpate, and it is the LONGEST I have ever run non-stop. Hope I can do that again this year. Want to learn more about the Foundation? Check our their website here: Lung Cancer Foundation.org
FEBRUARY 2013: Thank you everyone who donated to the American Lung Associaton "Fight For Air" stair climb! We will climbed 53 stories once again at Renaissance Tower Dallas, on Feb 23, 2013. I am celebrating 5 years surviving stage 4 lung cancer, and want to give hope and raise awareness about lung health issues. It was great being named the "Event Honoree" for this year!
DECEMBER 2012: I was recently interviewed for an episode of the "It's Your Health" radio network with Lisa Davis. To listen to the 10 minute interview, here is the direct link to the Mp3 file. I am turning 36 this month, and I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer December 2007. Celebrating 5 years since diagnosis, with I currently have no active cancer!
FALL / WINTER 2012: My lung cancer story has been recently included on an inspirational website LungCancerProfiles.com. Visit the "Patient Stories" link to read about myself, and some really amazing people. This website was formed to raise awareness about having tumors biopsied and biomarkers tested, so that people can know specifically what kind of molecular profile your tumors have. That way you can get the best treatment possible for your specific type of cancer. Ask your doctor about getting tested!
Out Android Application:
2CAN! We just released ad new Android App called 2Can that moves data from your old Blackberry to your new Android phone! Check it out at 2CanApp.com, and on the Android Marketplace. I branded the name, logo, website, and all graphics for the application. We have recent updates so that it will work with your .IPD file and the new Blackberry Manager 7 (.BBB file). Finally you can freely move all of your contacts, text messages, emails, and task list to Android!