My Story….I was diagnosed in 2008 with stage IIIb breast cancer. At 49 years old I was active and taking good care of myself–not a smoker or a drinker –I was certain I was beating any negative health odds–certainly cancer.
Lucky for me-I had great health insurance, was fully employed and had an incredible group of friends and family that were unfailing in their support and care.
My cancer was both aggressive and difficult to cure and I immediately did everything that the doctors ordered to save my life. I had a full regiment of chemo for an entire year, the maximum allowed radiation and a double mastectomy plus reconstructive surgery that took yet another year to complete.
Those first two years were harrowing and without my spiritual beliefs and the love of my steadfast husband, Eric and family, I am certain that the outcome would have been different. I met women that were receiving the same treatment and many of them did not recover. During those two years, I found a new strength, a new patience and new love and zest for life that created not just a survivor but a warrior.
Today, I paddle on a all breast cancer survivor dragon boat the Pink Phoenix. We are almost 80 strong and are paddling on the Willamette three times a week. We compete locally and internationally and we’re a great organization. We love to compete and like most teams we love to win. Even if we don’t finish across the line first, we still win. Each of us is taming the cancer monster that tries to take our smiles, our will and our lives. We paddle and compete to demonstrate that there is a great quality of life available after cancer. You let cancer win if you stay wrapped in that cozy blanket safely tucked on the couch watching the world go by. Many people are left debilitated after treatment and I don’t pretend for a minute that I have super human physical strength. I do possess super human spiritual strength and I love to share that with others.
You will find me entering 5k’s and ½ marathons for charity, you will find me handing out pamphlets to oncology patients to provide them with hope. You will find me supporting those charitable organizations in my home town of Banks whenever and wherever possible.
This is my second year of sponsoring, Misty Maller’s charitable organization Angels Making a Difference.
I am a big sponsor of the run that is scheduled at Hagg Lake in June–I also sponsor my paddling team and many other cancer focused organizations. Why? They need your help and they need my help. We can’t wait on someone else to do it. I believe in a cure. I believe a cure can be found in my life time. I pray that should I ever have a recurrence of breast cancer that there will be a fighting chance for me or for someone that I love.
My company, The Godfrey Real Estate Group gives a portion of our proceeds from each home sale that I close to one of these organizations. Each contribution that I make has come directly from my success as a realtor. I have been blessed to be able to support these organizations that do so much for me and may do something remarkable for you or someone that you love.
I rely on your referrals for my business success–Rest assured that each time you refer a friend or family member to me I will treat them like family, work diligently to get the very best for them and at the end you will have helped me fight cancer. Join me in the fight against cancer !! Let’s do this together! We can make a difference!