“Every day with every step!” by Terri Yoho

Terri Yoho Celebrates “Every day with every step,” like those taken on Mt. Kearsarge, New Hampshire in August of 2014!

Terri Yoho Celebrates “Every day with every step,” like those taken on Mt. Kearsarge, New Hampshire in August of 2014!

How do I celebrate survivorship? I celebrate it every day with every step. I prefer to put cancer behind me and not wear it like a badge of honor or to dress in the full pink regalia of a breast cancer survivor. I am who I am; cancer has never defined me, but surviving cancer was the impetus to make me start a regiment of regular walking and counting my steps. I have worn a pedometer 24/7 every single day since I walked out of the clinic cancer-free and treatment complete on April 1, 2009. 31 million steps later, I have celebrated my survivorship with each and every step along the way. I’ve walked in sub-zero weather, hiked  in the summer  heat, in pounding winds,  in rain and in snow. I’ve walked with snowshoes and sometimes with Yak-Tracks because of the ice. I’ve climbed mountains, walked through gorges, encountered snakes, armadillos, a threatening deer, and a black panther. I’ve hiked or walked or ran in 31 states from my bucket list of all 50. I keep a daily journal of my steps. Walking is my leisure time passion; it is my celebration and my testament to survival. I am healthy and fit, and that is worthy of celebration! If I can persuade even one other person to take the first steps to good health, that too is worthy of celebration. – Terri Yoho