I am planning to ride my 25th Trek this year. It's a course I know well and love dearly. It's an an event that has become part of my family lore. I have enjoyed the Trek as a participant, a team member, and as a physician with patients who suffered from a variety of lung diseases. Who knew that after so many years, it would now come to have even more personal and special meaning.
After a few years of surveillance for lung lesions ("ground-glass opacities") which were discovered by chance on a CAT scan, Rose underwent 2 successful surgical procedures last winter to remove 2 that had changed. They turned out to be slow growing lung cancers ("adenocarcinomas"). Thanks to terrific care at MGH and her own high level of fitness, she has made an excellent recovery. She will need regular suveillance for an indefinite period. The prognosis is excellent but future treatment may be necessary if other lesions change. We have resumed our training together, and have also participated in and supported the ALA's Lung Force program dedicated to raising awareneness about lung cancer in women.
This event is now still more personal and more meaningful. Our team, Walter's Wheelers, have been so supportive, as have our friends and family. We are thankful for all our blessings, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to participate and to support the ALA again in their mission.
Please join me in raising funds for this cause. You can donate here on this site, or you can send a check made out to the ALA to 55 Orchard Hill Road, Boston, MA 02130.
Thanks so much!