Titanium's ride for Melanoma Research
About My Campaign
MAY IS MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH
PLEASE HELP FIND A CURE.....
As many of you know, this past July, I was diagnosed with a desmoplastic melanoma, a rare and often deadly form of skin cancer that is a result of years of sun exposure. It is a type of melanoma that doesn't follow the "ABCDE" rules, and appeared as a small, non-pigmented "bug bite" on my collarbone area. It looked like nothing but it was indeed something. In January of this year, the "skin cancer" had spread into my breast and lung. I have had 3 surgeries, the last one being the removal of my left lower lung on March 10th. Due to my kick ass lung capacity, (a result of 550 prior Peloton bike rides), I was able to start pedaling on my Peloton home bike
4 DAYS after surgery. My lung surgeon had originally told me not to workout for 4-6 weeks but after seeing my post surgical progress, he gave me his blessing to get on my bike and pedal slowly. Twelve days later, I was back at the Peloton Studio. I am proud to report I have hit my old Peloton bike output numbers a few days ago, just 6 weeks after major surgery!!
I've also started immunotherapy treatment 2 weeks ago. Immunotherapy is a form of chemotherapy that utilizes and bolsters the bodies own immune system to fight cancer. Before immunotherapy was discovered, melanoma was a literal death sentence. According to my oncologist I have a 75-80% 5 year survival rate. Then yesterday, I got an email from a close friend who attended an immunotherapy lecture, saying that they had heard the survival rate of melanoma has gone from 20% to 40%. I happened to be on a train going to take a Peloton class in NYC as that email came in. I freaked out at first and walked into the studio a frantic mess. And then I was embraced by my Peloton family.... end of story. A few hours and a few rides with the "family" later, I walked out of there floating on air, once again feeling that I AM NOT A STATISTIC, I AM TITANIUM...SHOOT ME DOWN BUT I WON'T FALL!!!!
****Join me for my 600th ride on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 pm with Jennifer Schreiber Sherman at the helm, while we pedal towards a cure! I will be donating $5.00 for every output point that the #1 studio woman and man rider achieves and $2.00 for every person on the live leaderboard. Use the hashtag #protecttheskinyourein
Please consider donating as well!!!
This campaign supports: Melanoma Research (Richard Shapiro, MD)
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