A Story of Breast Cancer Survival…

I am nervous right now as I type this post. I’m going to talk about something personal and it doesn’t have anything to do with getting in shape. Ever since the age of 12, when I lost my mom to breast cancer, I wanted to do something that will would help find a cure. I used to dream of finding a cure myself, so other kids wouldn’t lose their moms to breast cancer. I always planned on doing all the “walks for the cure” and raising money for breast cancer research, etc. Regrettably, close to 30 years have gone by and I haven’t done one single thing that would raise awareness or help in regards to breast cancer. My hope is that this post will be a start.

Breast Cancer Survival

[October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S. With 110 women dying of breast cancer per DAY in the U.S. alone…we have a long way to go.]

My Friend Grant, His Wife Steph, & Their Inspiring Story…

I believe you can have life-long friends that you rarely keep in contact with. You may not see them for 10-20 years, but you share a beer and don’t miss a beat. This is especially true if you grew up together in the same town, went to the same schools, etc. Well…I consider Grant to fit into this category. He was a slight over-achiever in school (in a good way), a 4.0 grade point, popular, and actually nice to everyone. I went to school with Grant from 5th or 6th grade all the way through 12th grade. He went to college in California and didn’t hear much from him after that, but always figured I would run into him again. Fast forward 22 years and he contacts me on Facebook…

“My Wife Just Started A Blog About Her Battle With Breast Cancer”

Grant told me the title of the blog was called Bald, Fat and Crazy. He knew my mother died of breast cancer and simply wanted to share how his wife beat the disease. He also didn’t tell me the story behind the name. His wife Steph puts it best on the front page…

“The title of my blog and this first page warrant a bit of explanation. Clearly, I was Bald. And clearly I was Fat. However, when you come to realize that my baldness was caused by chemotherapy and my โ€˜fatnessโ€™ was caused by being pregnant at the same time, then the mere fact that I was smiling in this photo is evidence that I was also Crazy. Add to this scenario the pending adoption of a baby girl and the Crazy goes to a whole new level.”

Click Here to Read the Rest of Steph’s Inspiring Story —>

I didn’t want to summarize her story of beating breast cancer here. She does an incredible job on her blog, with photos and music, etc. If you can spread the word about her site, that would be great. Her goal is to give people hope, even when circumstances don’t look so great.

56 thoughts on “A Story of Breast Cancer Survival…”

  1. Hi Rusty,

    Thanks for a good post. Losing you mum so early must have been devastating. As a former school principal I can empathise as we lost two young [one male and one woman in their 20s] members of staff to cancer close on the heels of one another.

    Keep safe.


  2. Wow what great feedback. I hardly recognize you internet! I was gonna say what they said. Guess that nervousness was unfounded hunh!

  3. Hi Rusty,

    My condolences about your mother. Thank you for sharing and giving strength to others, while also making us aware.

    Posted it on my blog as hope others do to.

    May we show appreciation to the women in our lives that bring love, happiness, that spark that makes each day incredible with them in it !!!


  4. Rusty-

    Thank you so much for having the guts to share your story with us.

    Steph’s blog is tremendous, and thanks to your help, her message will be able to inform and inspire even more people affected by cancer.

    I just emailed it to several female friends, with instructions to spread the link via any means necessary, including the dreaded email chain letter!


  5. Hey Rusty,

    Sorry about your mum. My mum is a survivor of breast cancer and we were lucky it was in its initial stages.

    Thanks for posting this. Take care.


  6. Hey Rusty, I’m sorry to hear you lost your mother when you were 12 years old. I’m truly blessed, because my mother is still with me. This just proves the old saying is still true ” your health is your true wealth”. To everyone reading this blog, please take care of yourselves and don’t take your health for granted. God Bless

  7. Rusty, I will definitely tweet about her story and link to her on Facebook. I love her blog and her attitude. Most people would just give up during her situation but she’s still very positive. I wish there were more people like her in this world.


  8. Thanks for sharing a bit of your personal life with us Rusty.

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mother at such a young age.
    And thank you for directing us to your friend’s wife blog. It reminds us, that we should never take life for granted 1st.. and that we ought to fight whatever comes in our way.. and she did it with a smile..

    Wonderful women

  9. Rusty,

    Thanks for sharing. I lost my grandmother to breast cancer about three months ago and it was really hard on my whole family. It’s great that you are taking steps to increase awareness.


  10. Rusty,
    Sorry to hear about your mother. I lost my father to pancreatic cancer when he was 50. I kind of know what you went through, although I was 21, not only 12 like you. This post is just another way that shows how selfless you are and how much you like to help people. The amount of traffic that you get to this blog is going to raise awareness to so many people. Thank you for that. My wife’s grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, so this hits home for us. I think every person in the world has been affected by this terrible disease and I hope that someday it will be a distant memory.

    You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself about doing things to raise awareness. Teaching people to stay in shape and eat better has helped more people than you know beat or prevent cancer. With my dad dying at such an early age, this is the main reason that I stay in shape and write my blog.

    You’re one of the good guys,

  11. For sure, this post is a great start for raising awareness and also for sharing what’s important. Thanks for talking about cancer Rusty! it helps remind us to celebrate the time we have with our beloved ones and always to remember the ones we’ve lost.

  12. Hey Rusty.

    Thanks for posting and I believe this is an important topic to cover. What good is being lean and fit if you are not healthy after all? I lost my grandfather to Cancer and its something we all need to be aware about.

    Keep up the great work man,

    Kyle Battis

  13. Hey Rusty, so sad to read about you losing your mother at such a young age. I can only imagine what that must have been like. Made me stop for a minute and remind myself how thankful I am for the fact that my mom is still around after she was diagnosed with and cured from breast cancer fifteen years ago. Both my aunt and my paternal grandmother were not so lucky and lost their battle.
    Most of the time, we take life for granted and worry about trifling stuff, but once you’ve seen your loved ones fight hard and still lose their grasp on life, it puts everything back in perspective. Health is a precious thing and your post reminded me that we should all cherish it. Thanks, Rusty.
    Take care, Claudia

  14. Awesome! Loving your friends blog! I really admire her beauty and strength ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!!!

  15. Rusty,

    Thanks for sharing your experience and Steph’s story.

    I was very worried when my mother told me she had breast cancer, and felt terrible as she went through all of the treatment. Fortunately they caught it early enough and she survived.

    I’m going to read Steph’s post now. Thanks again.


  16. Hey Rusty,i just want to say i’m sorrry for your mother,really bad news.I hope and wish that a cure for breast cancer will be found

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