Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Pedal Pacer

Start time: 8:30 am

Team: Heads Up

ID: 113567

Lifetime total: $12,683.00

I am riding In Honor of Barbara JK Nwacha.


I am here to support my sister and her family as part of Team Heads Up at the Pedal the Cause in the fight against cancer. My sister, Barbara Nwacha, was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma on her tongue in December of 2017. Thanks to the doctors at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, I still have my sister.

Pedal the Cause is more than the region's top cycling event. It's a way of life, a celebration, and a movement fueled to end cancer. It takes world-class research to create a world without cancer. Please help me in this journey by donating to my ride and give with confidence knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly to accelerating cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

I will not tell you my sister's story. but I will tell you mine.

Cancer is horrible, no matter what type, the research dollars raised can and do make a difference between life and death.

Back in late October - through November 2016 I was diagnosed with Endometrial cancer. I was fortunate, I had symptoms, heavier bleeding that I didn't think was normal. I was lucky because I could give rough dates when the unusual stuff started to happen. I was told by several people that it was probably nothing, just change of life, but I called my doctor to have it checked.

[SUBTEXT 1: Listen to your body and have things checked!!!]

I was immediately sent to exclude the usual suspects. In my case: we did a pap smear, a special ultrasound and just to check off the boxes do a special punch biopsy to make sure it was nothing. The first two tests were negative. The biopsy scheduled shortly after the election of 2016, as if that alone wasn't a black cloud, was a little more invasive; the resident tried several times. Then referred to the senior resident who tried several more times with no luck. I would need a referral to the specialty clinic to see if they could do the test.

[SUBTEXT 2: Be persistent, and follow-up!!!]

So, I went home and waited, and waited ... eleven days later ... still no referral. I called to nag to find out what I needed to do to get the test. Oh, somehow the referral got lost but they could schedule it. there was a cancellation, and could I make it on the next day, yes, I went in immediately. The Ob/Gyn resident informed me that it was probably nothing, but we would complete the biopsy test to be sure, I had made the snarky comment that I am sure that is what the doctors had said to Gwen Ifill, the long-time PBS correspondent had died of a variant of Endometrial adenocarcinoma a few days before.

November 23, 2016, the day before Thanksgiving, I got the news, [You know it is not a good sign when the doctor is calling you on the evening before a major holiday and asks you to call her back.], it was cancer. I had my surgery On December 22, 2016. Fortunately, the cancer was Stage 1A and I didn't need Chemotherapy or Radiation. I was fortunate, thank GOD! So far, I am still fine. But had the diagnosis happened even five years earlier the outcome and the recovery may not have been certain. Thanks to the advanced testing and surgical procedures I am still here.

[SUBTEXT 3: Support research, you never know when either you or someone you love needs advanced treatment.]

So now, here is my pitch, I don't know about you, but I can think of more people with cancer than without cancer. Friends, colleagues, relatives, and neighbors are impacted in some way. We need to be vigilant and not give up.

Won't you join with me and add to the support. I really suck at fund raising. I would rather contribute than ask someone else for help. However, Cancer is bigger than all of us, so we need to band together to have a chance to beat it.

Thanks - Cindi