Velocity Ride - 242 Miles


I received an e-mail from my GYN-Oncologist, Dr. Jason Wright back in August asking me to join his Velocity Team.  My doctor never asks me for too many things - so how I can say NO.  😆

Dr. Wright and his wonderful staff has always supported me and the Cervivor organization here in NYC on our mission, and of course they help us offer FREE cervical cancer screenings on an annual basis.

By now you might be asking what is  Your Velocity?  Your Velocity is the chance to support Columbia’s Cancer Center & the healthcare heroes on the front lines of the global pandemic. Raising money by completing any activity challenge, and unite on Velocity Day to show your commitment to solving cancer and COVID-19. This year Velocity Day was on October 4th, 2020.

Blindsided by a Breast Cancer Diagnosis - Tami Weitzman

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In the United States after skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it's far more common in women.

In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States.  Unfortunately 42,170 of those women are expected to die in 2020 from breast cancer.

I had the honor to interview my friend, Tami Weitzman, on her journey with breast cancer.  Her story is one of courage, determination and strength. Here is what she had to say:

35 Bracelets

 This article was originally written on 7/27/20 for  Cervivor's Blog


 "35 Bracelets"?-  No, I am not referring to beautiful gold bracelets that one wears to symbolize something special, or gifts that people give to one another as a symbol of their relationship.

I am referring to 35 hospital bracelets. Yes - I was given one every time I had an external radiation treatment.  That's right, it has been 11 years and 2 months since I was declared cancer FREE, and I still have them. 

Why? As a reminder of where I've been, and every step I have taken since then.  As a reminder of every single treatment that I had to go through to fight cervical cancer.  As a reminder that at one time I was identified by a bar code with numbers.  As a reminder of coming face to face with my own mortality. As a reminder of the person I've become today.  As a reminder to share my story to prevent another women going through what I did. 

Remembering My Friend Holly

Holly L. Lawson  1978 - 2020
Her name - Holly L. Lawson.
A beautiful southern girl with the cutest accent, smart, perky, funny, an advocate, a blogger, and with an attitude that always reminded me that no matter what I was going through, it was going to be all OK.

We talked about everything and anything.  We touch on the way we felt about certain things, her cervical cancer diagnosis, which was the same as mine, and the reasons we both became advocates.  We were quite different, yet quite similar - if you can believe that.   

Can you believe I never met Holly in person? Yup, I never did.  Yet, I can describe her personality so well.  Holly and I used to talk for hours on the phone or Face-time each other quite often. Every time we started to talk we use to say that we were not going to stay long on the phone or Face-time.  That never happened. 😆

My 11th Year Cancerversary

Here we are!!! My GYN Oncologist, Dr. Jason Wright, MD,  and me posing for our annual picture.  This year is our 11th year doing it.  He is such a ham.  He says to me -- "I love taking this picture with you every January on your annual check-up day, so you can post it on our cancer anniversary- Cinco de Mayo."

Cinco de Mayo - how ironic is that - right? Such an iconic date in Mexico as well as here in the United States.  Nevertheless, I celebrate for other reasons and I imagine everyone else is celebrating with me by drinking their Margaritas on this day saying - Cheers to your 11th year Patti!!!

The number 11 in numerology is a master number. There are three master numbers – they are 11, 22 and 33. They are known as master numbers because experts believe they are powerful with added potential, due to the pairing of the same number. So, yes I feel powerful and my potential is endless. 

I never thought I would get here.  Eleven years ago my life changed as I came face to face with my own mortality.  Never in a million years would I have imagined this happening to me -- especially when I had just retired three months prior from the NYPD and was ready to really enjoy retirement.