Walk and Talk Support Group

It’s Your Lucky Day!

Walks & Talks With Lisa

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 One of the best days of my life!

Me with my sister. We ran the Portland Marathon a few months after I finished treatment.

Lisa – Runner, Mom, Survivor
Breast Friends Volunteer

Me, on a beautiful September day, shortly after finishing radiation. I ran from my house to Kaiser Interstate to get my port flushed. Thought it was kind of random/funny, so I took a selfie.

Lisa’s Story

“I still remember the first run I ever went on with my mom.I was 12. It was a gray, misty morning in Eugene, Oregon.  I borrowed a pair of her baby blue sweatpants and she took me on a three-mile loop around the Amazon bark chip trail and South Eugene High School.  When I finished, I was euphoric — my first runner’s high.This remains one of the most pivotal moments of my life. That day, I made a clear association between physical movement and feeling good. Energetic. Confident. Happy. I didn’t even grasp, at the time, the many physical benefits of exercise: stronger bones and muscles, a higher metabolism, improved sleep, better digestion, and reduced risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. I just knew I felt great.

I will forever be grateful to my mom for modeling that exercise should be a regular, non-negotiable part of life. It’s a habit that has served me well through the years, but especially after I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in 2013. Walking and running kept me moving forward — literally and figuratively. Every step forward was a step farther away from my diagnosis. I’ll never know for sure, but I credit exercise for my quick recovery from surgery and for the relative ease with which I completed chemotherapy and radiation. Years after finishing treatment, exercise remains one of the most powerful tools I have for staying happy, healthy, and cancer-free. Simply put, it’s the best “drug” on the market.

My firm belief in this “drug,” and my desire to give back to my community, led me to Breast Friends, a wonderful non-profit providing key support to women and their families through a cancer diagnosis and beyond. Together, we introduced a walking support group that has encouraged survivors to stay active — whether they’re days or decades past their diagnosis. Together, we move. We breathe. We share, listen, and learn. We strive for — and stride toward — a cancer-free life.”

Updated: 12/12/2017