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October 19, 2012

Lutherans for Liesl

Walk helps Beverly family raise awareness of inflammatory breast cancer

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Did Liesl participate in the walk?

Liesl and both our girls walked again this year; well, the girls were in the stroller for a good portion of it, but about halfway in, Marika was out walking with some friends her age helping bring smiles to those around them.

How did this year’s walk go? Did you have the same

participants from last year?@question:

When we woke up Sunday morning, the skies had unleashed that kind of rain that makes you want to stay under a blanket and eat soup all day, but we plodded forth. A little more than half of our team made it out, and the rain let up for the duration of the walk, starting up again soon after we finished. We had returning walkers, as well as some new participants, such as our friend Robbie, whose mother passed away from breast cancer earlier this year.

What’s it like to participate in the walk? Did you connect with other participants? What were the crowds like?

When I was a camp counselor, we had something called “Program Face” where you stay positive for the campers, no matter how you felt. To me, the walk is a little like that. People are cheering and supporting each other, but we are all there because we have been negatively affected by cancer. Hope from despair.

We had an IBC banner that we carried during the walk this year, and a couple of people stopped to talk to us about their IBC stories. But I do find it hard to connect with other participants because, in one way or another, the icebreaker is, “Hey, how has cancer screwed you over?” We are fortunate to be in an upswing and surrounded by loving family and friends, but a dark shadow of recurrence will always loom. And I don’t find it any easier to talk about.

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