Reaching Goals with Team Sarcoma – Chainbreaker Ride

Carol Skaja-Jacobsen

Carol Skaja-Jacobsen, Administrative Assistant, UMN Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery



Chainbreaker riders

Carol (left) with co-riders in 2017 Chainbreaker

Last year I participated in the Chainbreaker ride along with Team Sarcoma. I gave an update in “My Experience with the Chainbreaker Bike Ride” in the Rein in Sarcoma newsletter last fall.

After I completed the 25-mile Chainbreaker ride last August, which was really fun, I got off my bike and thought, "next year I’m doing 50 miles, losing 50 pounds, by the time I’m 50 in October 2018."

I started with a nice weight-loss plan and was still riding my bike. Unfortunately, during a routine physical exam in October, I was told that there was an abnormality on my mammogram. On my 49th birthday, I was told I had breast cancer. Needless to say, it’s a shock to hear, “you have cancer,” and it takes an emotional toll on a person. It’s very devastating.

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