Fun Thing #1 – I’m Honored!
On Thursday, November 5, Mathis and I attended the American Cancer Society’s Legacy and Leadership Awards Ceremony in downtown Seattle. This annual ceremony honors local donors, volunteers, researchers, and community and corporate partners.
I’m so touched to be the recipient of the Gordy Klatt Impact Award. Rob Smith, the Editor in Chief at the Puget Sound Business Journal said the following words:
Dana Manciagli is a 3-time breast cancer survivor with a truly amazing story. She has done much work for the American Cancer Society this year, including sharing her story with the Seahawks and Sounders to increase awareness of breast health and “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Seattle.” Take a moment with me to learn more.
< Then they played the Seattle Seahawks video about my cancer story: http://www.seahawks.com/video/2015/10/27/beyond-decibels-danas-story>
I want to remember a remarkable man who was one-of-a-kind. Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt was founder of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event and passed away on August 3rd, 2014 at the age of 71 from heart failure after battling stomach cancer.
He helped shape an idea that started off as one man running and walking a track, and turned it into a global phenomenon for saving lives in every corner of the world, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The Dr. Gordy Klatt Impact Award honors the spirit he carried that one person can make an impact on the World.
This year we are proud to honor Seattle’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Survivor Ambassador, Dana Manciagli. Dana has an amazing story as we just saw in the video but more than that she inspires action. Dana has raised nearly $30,000 dollars for Relay for Life of Bellevue and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Seattle since 2014 and is the leader of Dana’s Gladiators which heads up 10 other teams also raising money for Strides.
Dana speaks to the power of American Cancer Society programs and services and the importance of early detection. She is a spokesperson, advocate, and leader for the entire organization. It is our honor to award Dana with the Dr. Gordy Klatt Impact Award. Sharing your story is saving lives, thank you.
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I was so happy Mathis was in town to join me at this wonderful event.
Fun Thing #2 – Day Trip to San Francisco
My travel has been constrained due to stupid radiation every Monday-Friday for the last 6 ½ weeks. However, I took off this past Saturday and headed for San Francisco to visit Shane for the day. He picked me up at the airport and showed me so many gorgeous areas. We had a pig-out brunch, saw amazing views on a beautiful day, relaxed at his apartment in the city then grabbed a quick bite before I flew out. Lots of fun!
As of this writing, I have 1 more radiation treatment left; I’m done on Monday, November 16th. Radiation got progressively harder, and it was harsher than my radiation on the same side back in 2002, it was okay. A large area of skin and tissue is severely burned right now so I have quite a collection of topical treatments as well as pain meds.
Next treatment: I will start a pill regimen that I will continue the rest of my life to keep this cancer at bay. They are called aromatase inhibitors and mine will be anastrozole (Arimidex®). Anastrozole works by inhibiting the synthesis of estrogen and is an effective treatment for my stage IV “metastatic hormone-receptor-positive” breast cancer.
I will have my big scans at the end of January, 2016. Gulp.
Please keep the happy thoughts, fun time invitations, and prayers flowing! Each one of you is making a huge difference in my recovery and ongoing battle against this stupid cancer.
Off to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico next week with Shane, Chad, Milo, Mathis and Mom (Ilse) for a great Thanksgiving week. We have so much to be thankful for, we’ll remember good times with Tracy, and we’ll celebrate many things!
Love and hugs,