Living With It
Judy Pickett Is Outrunning Breast Cancer and Setting the Pace for
February 1997, at the age of 33, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After
eight months of treatment, I decided to start running again (my favorite pastime)
to get myself "back to normal." Since then, I've endured two recurrences of
the disease. This has been a challenging experience for me, as well as for my
husband and three children. However, I chose to use my personal experience with
cancer as an opportunity to help others who may be going through similar challenges.
In 1998, I ran in my first cancer benefit race and my mission was born. I
pledged to participate in 100 cancer benefit races throughout the country in
an effort to demonstrate to women that you can lead a productive life after
a diagnosis of breast cancer. Through the races, I try to deliver important
messages to American women. These include the importance of early detection
of breast cancer through self-exams, diagnostic tests and annual check-ups.
Since 1998, I've taken part in 56 races and won 45 in the survivor category.
I have run along with more than 40,000 survivors and 825,000 other athletes.
Participating in these races really helps me tell my story. I want women to
see firsthand that you can lead an active and fulfilling life with breast cancer.
I like doing something positive with a negative.
Currently, I am undergoing treatment with the chemotherapy agent Taxotere to
treat my cancer. I am fortunate in that I feel strong and well enough to train
and run races with other survivors so that I may spread my message to women
with or without cancer. Medical research has made great strides in cancer therapy,
which is allowing me to make great strides in my races and my life.
In late January 2002, I will be carrying the Olympic torch in Sacramento, near
my hometown of Cameron Park, CA. It is an honor for me to be chosen to bear
the torch along with so many other inspiring individuals. To be a part of this
exciting ceremony, an individual must overcome hardship in a way that motivates
and inspires others. This run will be one of my shortest, but it may be the
most important as a symbol of my commitment to "light the way" for others living
with breast cancer.
If you are coping with recurrent breast cancer or have family members or friends
who are, there is a helpful web site available called www.livingwithit.org.
"Living With It" is a comprehensive patient support program and resource designed
to empower women experiencing breast cancer for a second time through guidance
about diet, exercise, finances, insurance and relationships.
I'm living with it, and I want other women to know that they can too.
Click here for more information on breast cancer.
Three-time breast cancer survivor Judy Pickett, currently undergoing chemotherapy,
is more than halfway to her goal of running 100 cancer benefit races
throughout the country to show that women with breast cancer can lead a full
and active life. She carries the Olympic torch in Sacramento on Sunday, January
20, 2002. Judy is an advocate of Living
With It the patient support program that empowers women with recurrent breast
cancer through guidance about diet, exercise, finances, insurance and relationships.
Created: 1/22/2002  - Judy Pickett