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On April 27, 2011 I heard those dreaded words “You have breast cancer…again.”  I’m Terri Swain, former Komen Dallas Race for the Cure chairperson, past Komen Dallas County Board President, passionate breast cancer advocate and now once again, breast cancer survivor.

In 2007, I lost a 43-year-old sister to breast cancer, and had previously lost my mother to ovarian cancer. There was a time I felt so overwhelmed. I had to make a decision – do something about this disease or drown in fear and sorrow.  I was inspired to fight – for my twin sons, for my six nieces, for my 3-year-old granddaughter.

I consider myself lucky.  Lucky because I’ve had access to information, screening, health insurance, amazing doctors and the resources to get the treatment I needed.

Many families are not as lucky.  They don’t know where to turn. They are afraid to get screened. They wait too late.  They don’t have health insurance or access to good medical care.  They stuff socks in their bras to maintain some sense of dignity upon losing a breast.  This is what fuels me to share my story and to make a difference.

Join the fight for others who can’t. Register for the 2014 Komen Dallas Race for the Cure and start fundraising today.