Julie's Oakland Run (Stroll!) for NorCal CarciNET

On March 20, 2022 I'm walking in the Oakland Running Festival with the NorCal CarciNET Community to bring awareness to neuroendocrine tumors and support other people living with this rare cancer through the wonderful NorCal CarciNET support group.
Goal $750.00
83.33% towards our goal
$625.00 raised
HONOR ROLL
Craig Mueller
$ 100.00
Rachel Smith
$ 75.00
Anonymous
$ 300.00
Lorri Gong
$ 50.00
Fiona & Andrew
$ 75.00
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After nearly two decades of things going progressively more haywire with my physical health and mood, in September 2021 I was finally diagnosed as living with a small bowel neuroendocrine tumor (NET). This February 1st I was fortunate enough to have my tumor removed by a fantastic specialist surgeon, along with some significant remodeling of my guts, and hope to live a long and now somewhat less grouchy life with this rare cancer.

 

My experience is extraordinarily privileged despite a too-long time to diagnosis. I am fortunate to have had a gastroenterologist who searched for the thing that was causing me pain, the ability to find amazing support groups like NorCal CarciNET and from them understand the need for NET specialist care, the ability to switch insurance providers to access specialists, and the remarkable luck of living in a city with an entire NET team a short ride away. And I am most fortunate that my tumor was found relatively early before it had a chance to metastesize beyond 2 nearby lymph nodes. Without the support and assistance provided by NorCal CarciNET I would definitely not be in the reasonably healthy position I find myself in now!

 

I am walking to support other patients in all aspects of their NET journey through NorCal CarciNET, who continue to provide absolutely amazing support to me on my own journey.