October 2nd, 2016
Tina’s journey with breast cancer hasn’t been easy, but she chooses not to dwell on the “what ifs.” Unless there is something physically stopping her from living and seeing the world, she’s all in!
Eagle Creek’s partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation gave us the unique opportunity to meet some women within our network of employees. The women we met are some true champions and ones that are partnering with us this month to tell their stories.
Tina, a High School Math Teacher, was originally diagnosed with a non-invasive stage zero breast cancer in 2006. With a plan - lumpectomy, 7 weeks of radiation and 5 years of Tamoxifen – she thought no big deal, DONE. Apparently, it wasn’t that simple for Tina. In 2015 she received the dreaded phone call that they needed to perform more tests after finding a new growth. This is where her journey truly began.
She decided to take the same systematic approach to her treatment that she did in 2006. She went into it with a clear purpose and was driven to create her vision for the future. This time her treatment called for a mastectomy, but because of her age (a mere 42) and the probably of it returning, she opted for a double mastectomy. Something unique to Tina’s story is that she opted not to do reconstructive surgery, which she claims was “painless.” It meant no pain meds, and that she was back to work in two weeks.
Tina loves to travel. In fact, she traveled throughout the western United States and Canada before, during, and after her treatments – and even made it from San Diego to Boston just one month after her surgery. She also loves mountain biking and was able to enjoy her favorite hobby a mere 3 weeks after her surgery. Today, she continues to hit the road whenever she can. She enjoys finding new landscapes, being outside, and being healthy.
To anyone out there who may have just found out they have breast cancer, Tina provides these words of advice:
“The story I want to share with others is that, you don't have to let cancer change your life. Figure out what you like to do, then keep on doing it! Each person has their own journey. During treatment create a routine. When you feel good, take advantage of that time. Find something you like and do it.”
This month we take time to pause and recognize the super stars among us.
You always have the opportunity to give to organizations whose missions you are personally connected to. Through the month of October, 10% of your purchase of any Eagle Creek gear identified with a pink ribbon will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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