Welcome to Nichole Myers's personal page
"Survivors Vancouver" is a team of breast cancer survivors and thrivers, and their family and friends, who come together every year to train and fundraise for the annual Canadian Cancer Society's CIBC Run for the Cure. We, as a team, have raised over $220,000 during the past 14 years and we plan to raise the roof on our previous efforts, in 2017!! This year the country-wide races, held by the newly merged Canadian Cancer Society, will be held on October 1 and we will join thousands of others in beautiful downtown Vancouver.
So...I am participating for the 15th year as a woman living with Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer, and here are my journeys with breast cancer…
First diagnosed in October 1999 at the age of 30 with Stage 2 triple negative breast cancer, I was treated with surgery (lumpectomy and node dissection), chemotherapy (ACx4) and radiation (16). I had been living cancer free for almost 12 years; however, I was diagnosed again in September 2011, at the age of 42, with Stage 3 double positive breast cancer and lymph node involvement. I started treatment the week following the 2011 Run for the Cure with chemotherapy (DCx6), followed by radiation (30) and surgery in June 2012 (double mastectomy, auxillary node dissection and immediate diep tram flap reconstruction) - essentially ending up with a boob job and a tummy tuck!
In 2012 I was blessed to share my journey as the Survivor Speaker at the Vancouver run location for the 2012 Run for the Cure with the hope that my story would inspire people to continue the fight and to raise both awareness and funds. I am sure those funds have contributed to me being a Survivor… twice!
In 2013 I became Survivors Vancouver team captain and during my second year as captain I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in my bones and lungs. Just one week before the 2014 Walk for the Cure I shattered my pelvis and fractured my hip which lead to having reconstructive surgery and a hip replacement. I call this my BCD (Doctorate in Breast Cancer) as I received my Masters after the second journey (LOL) though one friend called me Bionic Woman 3.0 (just ask me!).
After two months in hospital, I had radiation therapy for the pelvis (5) and began target treatment in November 2014. I was blessed with stability for almost two years until October 2016, when a regular CT Scan showed progression to my liver. In April 2017, the cancer had spread to my spine yet some regression had occurred to some of the tumors in my lungs and liver. Metastatic Breast Cancer usually presents in bones, lungs, liver and brain, so I am 3 out of 4! :-)
Anyway, I am not just a Survivor but one who is thriving with Metastatic Breast Cancer. I do not let Breast Cancer define me and I continue to work on trying to be healthy and finding balance in all areas of my life; physical, emotional and spiritual. I praise God for my life and the strength He provides each day.
I plan to join my team mates again this year at the 2017 CIBC Run for the Cure in Vancouver as a walker. Life is good despite the hurdles we must jump in the race to the finish line!
So a huge thank you for your prayers, encouragement, friendship and support. And I appreciate your willingness, if able, to contribute towards my personal fundraising efforts!!
P.S. Did you know that the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation merged with the Canadian Cancer Society in February 2017 and that the CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, and education awareness programs? Each year, thousands of Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life unite to participate in this event. Their reasons for participating vary, but they all have the same goal; to create a future without breast cancer!