Miles for Moffitt is personal for Carrollwood cancer survivor

7:02 PM, May 7, 2011   |    comments
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Carrollwood, Florida - 44-year-old Miriam Zimms has a family history of breast cancer. She says it was around this time last year when she found a lump in her left breast.

Zimms says, "You know, when I found the lump I knew that it was important not to wait."

She had a  mammogram and ultrasound at Moffitt Cancer Center and then she received the diagnosis. She had one of the more aggressive types of cancers called triple negative breast cancer which she says typically affects younger women, minorities and premenopausal women.

Zimms documented her courageous battle in the pages of a pink scrapbook. While flipping through the pages of the book, she says, "I started what's called dose dense chemotherapy and it's where every two weeks you get chemotherapy."

"I lost all my hair from head to toe." She laughs when she says, "Every bit of hair on my body, which I was actually OK with. I wore a lot of hats. I went bald."

Months later, Zimms had to endure a number of surgeries and she's not finished yet.  "I had a double mastectomy and a bilateral mastectomy and then I had reconstruction started on that same day."

Zimms is a cancer survivor and she's gearing up for Miles for Moffitt next weekend. She has a team of about 20 friends and family members who plan to either walk or run in the event with her to raise money for cancer research.

For Zimms, the event is personal. She says, "I'm the fifth woman who was diagnosed in my family with breast cancer and I'm the youngest. My mother passed away of breast cancer back in 1992."

Miles for Moffitt is being held Saturday, May 14 at the University of South Florida campus. It starts at 7:30 a.m. and wraps up with a special survivor ceremony at 9:00 a.m.  The deadline to register online is Sunday, May 7 at midnight. Click here to learn more.