Every Day With Every Step

Every Day With Every Step

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. 

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