I'm a double breast cancer survivor! First in 1987 when a routine mammogram revealed a suspicious change in one breast. Two biopsies and a mastectomy later, I was sporting a brand new, man-made breast!
Fast forward to late 2002 when another routine mammogram revealed a suspicious change in the other breast! This time the biopsy got it all out. Afterwords I participated in a survivors' program funded by the 4 Miler, the first time I had EVER heard about the race! So 2003 was my first year in the race, and, with one exception, I've been in it every year since!
Fast forward to March 2015 when I went to Fairbanks AK to photograph the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, a challenging 1000 mile, 7-10 day event. One of the racers was 62 year old DeeDee Jonrowe, a breast cancer survivor who was running her 33rd Iditarod!!! What a role model!!! FYI, her dogs' transport, race parka and her dogs' booties are all a bright fuscia pink! And she raced again this year!!!!
Me? Over the past 10 years I've cannonballed into the Arctic Ocean twice, and wallowed in thermal hot springs in Antarctica. I've photographed my favorite subjects -- penguins and polar bears. So you see, there is life after breast cancer --IF it is caught in time.