Sunday, October 18, 2009

A bigger cause

Today I had the opportunity to walk in the breast cancer walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society. My RD from college (also my boss when I was an RA) had breast cancer before I knew her that was in remission. Last December, it returned and had metastasized to her bones, liver, and lungs. She has been fighting it for the past ten months with chemotherapy and radiation, and has had the best attitude.

When I think of her and her struggle, I am reminded how fortunate I am. And how I have a responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves. Which is the first reason I ever wanted to be a nurse. Knowing what I know now about cancer and the body, and how it can be attacked by disease, I have such a better understanding of what people go through when they fight disease.

So, this year, a couple friends from my class and I walked in the walk for Breast Cancer. There were thousands of people all walking together for a common cause. I love being a part of something bigger than me.

This is me with Nancy, Mahea, her fiance Jade, and their dog Chloe. She was such a trooper!
And we're off! Headed through Balboa ParkYou have to give us some credit. This was taken while walking with Chloe between all of our legs.This was my first time walking on the freeway. We walked for two exits down the 163 south. People were honking on the north side - so cool!We made it!My fellow nursing stars. We raised $545 between the two of us. Thank you to those who supported us and the cause.

I really recommend picking a cause and doing something for it. There are walks for pretty much anything you can think of - suicide prevention, all cancers, MS, animal adoptions... I was humbled today as I realized that although I am small, every person can make a difference. Be a part of something big.

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