Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cashing in on Karma

It's amazing the outpouring of support I have received through my treatments thus far: cards, gifts, donations on my Race for the Cure team, well wishes by the heap, whole churches praying for me, animals sacrificed (ok, maybe not that last one). It's been incredible being able to see just how many lives I have touched in my 28 years causing trouble on this earth. I feel as if I'm cashing in on all the good karma that I have been building up. I've been a friend, volunteered for charities, gone out of my way to do nice things for other people and it's all coming back to me tenfold.

I started a team for the South Florida Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure a few days after my diagnosis. I used the race as an upbeat way to break my diagnosis to most of my friends and family. It's funny when I think about it now, but at the time I wasn't even sure I could get 10 people to sign up. My friends just took off with it and I've gotten 101 people on my team (and there are people who missed the deadline and wished they could join). We've been at third place overall for amount of money raised for the cure... currently we have close to $13,000! The two teams ahead of us are big companies (FPL and South Florida Waste Management), and I think it's incredible that we've gone toe-to-toe with them.

All this fundraising has not gone unnoticed. The Susan G. Komen Race Committee read about me on my team page (http://www.komensouthflorida.org/2010rftc/hydooo) and were tracking my progress. I had the fortune to meet them at a survivor celebration, and I was not prepared for all the fuss that they made over me! Since then they have joined my army of supporters, and have opened up incredible doors for me.

When our local newspaper, the Palm Beach Post, wanted to interview someone connected to the race that had done a lot for the community, the ladies at Susan G. Komen immediately sent them in my direction. The article can be found here:

I don't like that he refers to me as a cancer victim because, as anyone who knows me can testify, it's cancer that is the victim of me in this situation. Cancer really didn't stand a chance. Also I don't like that he wrote I have sad times and wonder "why me?" because it really isn't true. Well, it's true that I have sad times. I'm like everyone else; I have good days and bad ones. But never - not once - have I wondered "why me?". Overall, though, it's a nice article. I've gotten a lot of recognition for it from friends and even from strangers. I'm famous! I wonder if I'll get a stalker? ;)

There are more good news to come... stay tuned...


  1. Helloooooooo Cristal,

    It's your friend you always give me a big hug when you see me. You are a WARRIOR! I will be at the race with one of my friends who is WARRIOR like you...I will put your name down with my other WARRIORS buddies and look forward to a big hug....and you are correct you are not a victim you are a WARRIOR! Keep up the great fight and feel proud that you are a fabulous person who is reaching out to help other WARRIORS!


  2. Hi Cristal, Your Aunt Ginie is keeping the family informed of your progress via email and I just wanted to let you know I am proud of you and I we haven't even met, but you inspire us to do better!! Gay said it right, you are a warrior, so keep on fighting!!

    Love Diana (cousin-in-law from Ohio)

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