Survivor Story: Jennifer Steinmetz

“In 2008, a mammogram found a lump in my breast.  It was an ugly surprise; how could my doctor have missed this?  It was malignant and surgery revealed cancer had spread to my lymph nodes. A double mastectomy and chemo followed.  My Christmas present that year was to be pronounced cancer free!  

In 2009 my girlfriend suggested that we walk in the Susan G Komen 3 DAY.   I agreed.  Here’s the thing.  When I started this journey, it was all about me.  I wanted to “show” cancer that it was not in control of my life. But, Day 1, the first 20 miles transformed me.  It’s hard to explain.  It’s just that I became so keenly aware that this fight is so much bigger than just me; in fact it wasn’t about me at all.    

Walking the 3 Day is hard.  Getting ready, doing the training and the fundraising is hard, time consuming and inconvenient.  Breast cancer is hard, the fight is hard and inconvenient. 

Every year, I meet the most amazing people and hear their stories, share their joy and heartbreak. I just can’t quit walking …  I can’t do the research, I won’t be the one that finds the cure, but I can walk and raise money and tell the Komen story. 

I feel good about how the money is used. In fact, I received services from the American Cancer Society of Ft Worth that were funded by the Ft. Worth Komen affiliate.  Komen has stepped in to advocate and assist in the treatment of the underserved and uninsured.  And I feel that Komen brings independence to the research.”