Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:48

As you’ve likely seen, STEM Fuse kicked off a fundraiser today to assist one of our own.  STEM Fuse has agreed to donate $1 for each new “Like” we receive on our Facebook page during the month of September (up to $250).  Those funds will be added to Team Hagy’s fundraising efforts for the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk which is being held October 18 in St. Cloud, MN.  Of note, Team Hagy is currently the TOP fundraiser for the event {Cheers!! High fives!! Fist pumps!!}

So who is Team Hagy?  Well, Team Hagy is, in part, me.  I’m Summer Hagy, and on June 26, 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34.  Team Hagy is made up of my family and friends, all of whom are working to raise at least $2200 for our local American Cancer Society.  Yes, “22” is my lucky number and yes “Pink is my favorite color” (you’re welcome for putting that tune in your head for the day!)

Outside of my cancer diagnosis, I’m a perfectly healthy person - trust me, I’ve seen the scans and countless blood tests to prove it.  I have no history of breast cancer in my family - please read that again, it’s important to know cancer can happen to anyone, anytime.  I eat fruits and veggies.  I’ve been a runner since I was 13.  

But, here I am, writing to you about my cancer diagnosis.  

There’s no describing the feeling I got when Julie from the breast center called to give me my biopsy results, so I won’t even try.  All I knew was that all the mental toughness I’d gained from years of training for 5K’s, 7 milers, half marathons and marathons was going to come in handy.  It was time to fight.  It was on like Donkey Kong.  No way in “H-E- double hockey sticks” was cancer getting in my way.

So, I’ve fought.  Every day.  Some battles are little.  Some battles are big.  Some battles seem impossible…but I’ve conquered them.

To date, I’ve had four rounds of two-drug chemotherapy.  I’ve been incredibly blessed and have had very few side effects – only some headaches and (of course) tiredness and hair loss.  Amazingly, I’ve even been able to keep running.  Sure, it’s far less than I’m used to, but I’m still able to pound the pavement a few times a week…without that, I’m not sure how well I’d be coping.

Starting September 11, I will receive Taxol once a week for 12 weeks, after which I’ll have surgery to remove what’s left of the tumor (which is barely there thanks to my first four rounds of chemo) followed by radiation.

It hasn’t been easy.  I get tired, I get sad, I get mad, I get scared, I get quiet, I think too much…but I’m fortunate to have an incredible group of cheerleaders and spirit lifters around me.  From the very first day of my diagnosis people have rallied around me and my family.  It’s humbling.  It’s amazing.  It gives me strength.  

I’ve written quite a bit about my journey for several reasons, but mostly because some of you reading these words will be on this journey someday.  Notice I didn’t say “might be” on this journey.  

You WILL BE.  

That’s why events like “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” are so important.  Money raised at these events help in research, support cancer patients and give access to mammograms in hopes that one day I can change that sentence to read “you might be on this journey”.  

Thank you for supporting STEM Fuse.  

Thank you for taking 30 seconds out of your day to “Like” our Facebook page this month.  

Most importantly, THANK YOU for supporting my family and I.

If you’d like to read all about my journey (and I do mean ALL…) feel free to visit my blog:  *First time visitors will want to scroll to the bottom of the page and work their way to the top*


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