The purpose of The Pink Cup is to educate and increase awareness of early detection through a team’s participation in a number of physical and mental challenges, to promote health and wellness in the community, and to foster fellowship and community and family pride through friendly competition. Proceeds from this event will provide funding for free breast screenings for members of the Tiftarea community who cannot afford one. These challenges will be fun, competitive, and adaptable for all family members young and old.
Cindy is an Exercise Physiologist formerly employed by Rehabilitation Services of Tifton, Inc. She is a 3 year breast cancer survivor, married to Joe Spurlin. Cindy and Joe are blessed to have 3 children.
I was diagnosed with HER2 positive, Invasive Cell Carcinoma, breast cancer on September 17, 2013. I found something abnormal while doing a self breast exam. The lump was painful, soft, and I had a little bi-lateral pain, so I thought that I was ok and that it would go away eventually. It did not. So, here I was 42 years old, mother to 3 children, and wife of 19 years faced with a battle of a lifetime. I began chemotherapy at Tiftarea Oncology with Dr. Apruva Shah in October of 2013 using Emory's Perjeta Regimen followed by MD Anderson's 5FU regimen. I had a total of 7 treatments followed by a nipple sparing, bilateral mastectomy with expander placement in March of 2014 using Dr. Grant Carlson of The Emory Clinic. I then received 27 radiation treatments with Dr. Wesley Walker. I waited 9 months then had my expander/implant exchange surgery at the first of December. I developed an infection at the end of December and had to have my left implant removed. I had to have scar tissue massages from a Lymphedema Therapist at Rehabilitation Services of Tifton's Lymphedema Center. Since I am no longer a candidate for an implant, Dr. Carlson felt that I was a good candidate for a procedure called a D.I.E.P. Flap. I had this surgery in January of 2016. It was performed by Dr. Angela Cheng of Emory University. This surgery was a 12 hour surgery followed by a 3 hour surgery the following day to remove a portion of the flap that was not getting enough blood flow. Following this surgery, I had 3 very large open wounds that took 5 months to close. I will be having 4-5 more revision surgeries to imrove the cosmetic appearance of my left breast.
After my diagnosis, I launched a "Fear Not" campaign against my cancer using the bible verse from Isaiah 41:10. It says "Fear Not for I am with you; Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." I also built my support team and became my own best advocate. I felt as if the only control I had was to create this unbeatable team for my support group and not leave anything for chance. Fear can consume you after this diagnosis, other than the cancer itself, fear is your worst enemy. There is not a day that goes by that I don't have some kind of fear but I am determined to not let this fear keep me from living and dreaming. I will FIGHT and be CANCER STRONG!
The founding of the PINK CUP BREAST CANCER CHALLENGE is my new passion and it is my mission to increase the early detection of breast cancer so that we can limit the number of mothers, sisters, and grandmothers that die from this dreadful disease.
I want to say a special thanks to my family, especially my husband and my mom, for being my biggest supporters. I could not have done it without you.