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Hello everyone. I would like to share my story with you on why this event is so important to me. First let me say how honored I am to walk on the team of one of the most inspirational people I have ever known in my life, Amy Byers Figgs. She is a fighter, a soldier and all around incredible human being. Amy is a stage 4 survivor like my mother, Barbara Turpin. She never accepted what some told her as what the "norm" would be for her and her treatment. She persevered and followed her heart and gut and went for a second opinion and found out that there was a better way to take care of herself and this terrible disease that had invaded her body. She is now celebrating life as cancer free.
But the most important reason I walk is to honor my mother, Barbara Turpin. Mom found out in May of 1998 that she had stage 4 colon cancer. The diagnosis was devastating to us. When you receive a stage 4 diagnosis it is like someone punches you in the gut. You feel like you are facing a uphill battle that may be impossible to beat. Mom was lucky. With a lot of faith, prayers and a incredible surgeon and oncologist she is still here with me. Mom had a mass the size of a apple in her colon. She was so lucky that she didn't have to have a colostomy bag after her colon resectioning and was able to take a pill form of chemo that was much easier on her body. She also had a oncologist who really took the time to evaluate her situation and explained every step with us. We knew we had a good scan when the topics of conversation turned from the CT or PET scan results to the Florida Gators football team and Tim Tebow. I am so grateful for Dr. Dvorck and Dr. Pierce. They gave me my mom back.
For years mom's doctor had asked her if she wanted to do a colonoscopy and mom always replied "No thanks". Because the doctor did not press the issue with her, even after she had displayed symptoms, she never had one. So in the spring of 1998 she started having really bad stomach pains and some other symptoms, by the time she found out it was to late. She had a large mass. Folks, it is so important to get screened!! I have had to have two screenings. My second screening revealed 3 polyps with one that could have turned into cancer. Screening is so crucial to saving lives. It is the easiest way to nip this stuff in the bud. There are even in home test kits that you can do to check yourself. After seeing my mom go through what she went through I will never miss a screening.
So please, I ask that you help me kick cancer in the butt by donating to this incredible cause. Anything you can do would be so appreciated!! The screening that these folks help pay for are saving lives. Do not let someone not get screened because they cannot afford it. Everyone deserves that much. Thanks in advance for your donation and for taking the time to read my story.
Love and peace, Kim
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