What I didn’t know…

Exactly 1 month ago today, I stood on the summit of Mt. Rainier. 

It was the “Climb to Fight Cancer” to benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

I was climbing for my sister. 

I was climbing for my mother-in-law.

But what I didn’t know?

I was climbing for me. Exactly 10 days after I stood on the summit of Mt. Rainier, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

My sister Trina battled non-Hodgkin Lymphoma for 8 years, and was just told last Friday she is in remission. When we heard this news, my husband and I fell into each other’s arms, each of us crying with visceral joy.

My mother-in-law Marsha is knee-deep in her fight with Pancreatic cancer, enduring months of chemo, readying her body for a major surgery this fall.

I am now in that fight. My climb, as it turns out, could not have been closer to a version of irony that I can think of.


More specifically Invasive Lobular Carcinoma in my left breast. It’s also in the lymph nodes.

 All those climbs (originally for Breast Cancer) for the Hutch. Who knew I would ultimately be climbing for myself.

 I have to believe everyone who has said to me “You are strong. You will beat this”. I am and I will.

 Also, I have a sick sense of humor, so I have decided I need a t-shirt that reads:

 “I climbed Mt. Rainier, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt. And cancer.”

5 thoughts on “What I didn’t know…

  1. Kamber

    You have got this Marina and we’ve got you. Know you are supported and loved and that I will be there in whatever way you need (prayers, meals, etc). They have made a lot of progress in this fight against cancer and you can now benefit from treatment that will cure you because of other people just like you who have raised money to fight this crazy beast. Hang in there! Keep up the fight.

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