Sunday, October 25, 2009

HOPE Filled Saturday

On October 24, 2009, I walked my first walk as a Breast Cancer Survivor. I gotta tell you, it damn near took me down between the heat and NO WATER, but it was an amazing and uplifting experience. I saw friends there, too, ones that I wish I could have said were not in the crowd of "survivors" being introduced....One by one, every woman came forth and gave her name, her City, and total time she's been a survivor. Together we totaled over 500 years! That's a lot of surviving!!! I believe the kinship I felt as I walked this walk is unparalleled in my life. At the end of the walk I had to sit down for some time - I think I was paralyzed by the heat. I know, I know, I shouldn't have been in the sun and I just had chemo, but this was my chance to walk alongside other women like myself. I carried many with me in spirit yesterday as I walked: My mother, my sister Pam, Dolores, Ann (who just had her surgery), Lori, my cousins, Caroline, Debbie, Meditating Spirit, and Liz's mom.

As tired as I was, a peaceful feeling crept over me. (OK maybe it was just a bit of exhaustion too!) More than 4,000 people walked with me (us) and all that money raised will go to finding a cure. I truly believe that research today may not help me, but it WILL help change the future for women and one day breast cancer will be a thing of the past. This was so huge and I want to live to help bring that change about!

My youngest turns 21 sure do love my "babies" and I'm so glad they are all grown up and doing well. You make me a very proud mama, boys.....I love you infinitely....


  1. Arla, I was there Saturday...walking!! I looked for you but as you said the number of people was astonishing... My daughter's big sister is a survivor and we walked with her. I'm sorry I missed you.... I hope you have recovered and I hope your son's BD was the best! Take care and keep fighting. Hope to see you soon.
    Your Friend, Donna Nero

  2. just think how lucky you are. good friends,family, support group. everyday something good will happen. you'll improve and be stronger than ever. g-d rains is favor on you and your family.


  3. Debbie Loveday-KarnerOctober 29, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    You did an amazing job! Just goes to show what a fabulous person your are! I wish I could have been there with you!