Don't judge me. I am a Real Housewives fanatic. I've seen virtually every episode of every season with the exception of DC and Miami, which were both a hot mess (IMHO). So, I think you should all be introduced to this year's cast of real and actual breast cancer fighters/survivors from Snohomish and surrounding cities (as they relate to moi).
I met Kimberly at Snohomish Boot Camp. We were both regulars at the 5:30 a.m. class and got to know each other through our struggles with diet and exercise. I was diagnosed on October 27th, and she was diagnosed on October 28th. Crazy. She's had a much rougher treatment regimen than me, but has the most amazing outlook and attitude and is nothing short of inspirational. She's been such an important touchstone and I'm so glad I know her! You can check out her blog here: Kimberly's Journey.
Tracie is also a Snohomish Boot Camper. She had just started attending shortly before I was diagnosed, and another camper referred me to her after I found out about my cancer. It's amazing how this disease can create immediate friendships. Tracie was diagnosed in the fall of 2010 and has completed treatment and is doing A-MAZING! It's so great to see someone a year out from diagnosis and doing so well. She's walking proof it can be done and that hair does grow back!
Honorary cast member-Dawnelle J. (there's always one that doesn't fit the criteria)
I feel the need to mention my dear friend Dawnelle here. She doesn't have breast cancer, but she has been my go to girl for research and motivation. She has sent me dozens of inspiring messages and has been there for me through this entire journey; making me laugh, bringing me things, and she took those beautiful family photos. Her mom recently went through uterine cancer treatment and has had some great advice from that experience. Who knew when I started working at that bank 20 years ago that we would be here today? Love you and thank you!
It has been such a gift to have access to all of these women throughout this "season". I hope that I have the opportunity to support someone going through this in the same way they've supported me. I know it would have been a much tougher journey without their inspiration and love. I love you all dearly!