When Talk Show Host Trisha Goddard made a visit to the hospital for a running injury, she never expected it’d lead to a shocking discovery.
“At that time I was living from day to day.”
During her hospital visit, doctors scheduled Goddard for some routine tests. The following week, she got the mammogram that determined she had breast cancer.
“It was a tough time, it was a very scary time,” Goddard says. “You always think it’s somebody else, it’s going to happen to somebody else, never you; and even now talking about it, it seems a bit surreal, you can’t believe you went through that.”
Goddard says she went through treatment for about a year and has been cancer free for 6 years now. Although the disease is gone, she says the lessons she learned have stuck with her.
“It’s really put things into proportion,” Goddard says. “I don’t believe in full stops as much or ends of books. I believe in commas and new chapters, because there is always something that you can take away.”
On Sunday, April 27, Goddard will be a symbol of strength, walking as the Grand Marshall in the Breast Cancer Alliance’s 9th Annual Walk for Hope in Greenwich.
“We thought that this was a beautiful way to introduce her to the community,” says Yonni Wattenmaker, Executive Director of the Breast Cancer Alliance. “People could learn a little bit about her show, learn about her, be inspired by her story and everything that she has accomplished, and how she has continued to move on from this.”
“It’s when you’re at your rock bottom that you have the opportunity to discover what your real gifts of survival are, and they’re different for every single person,” Goddard says. “You can surprise yourself with how strong you are; for a lot of strong women, you get to surprise yourself about how vulnerable you can become.”
“I just felt like her story was going to be a great story for this year and help remind people of the fact that we’re all in this together,” Wattenmaker says.
The BCA has set a $100,00 fundraising goal for this year’s walk and expects close to 500 participants. To find out more about the walk, visit http://breastcanceralliance.org