Author Archives: Jennifer Merschdorf, YSC CEO

I Will Never Forget Tour de Pink 2012

  Tour de Pink is hard. Some think it might be too hard … but I think it’s just right. It’s supposed to be hard. Because it’s about proving to yourself that you’re just as strong, if not stronger, than … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

“I’ve got this hill … I’ve been training for 8 hours a day for the last 2 days!”

Well, I did it! I needed to prove to myself that cancer had not beaten me … and I did. With the amazing support of friends who rode with me (specifically, Kristin Westbrook and Marcia Donziger who never left my … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

Breast Cancer Isn’t Pretty, and It’s Not Pink

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn’t understand that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). Sure, I might have noticed pink around this time of year and maybe given a donation to support women with breast cancer, … Continue reading

This Ride Is Not About Winning

The first of two Tour de Pink rides happening this weekend starts tomorrow, and I can’t tell if I am nervous that it will be too hard, excited for the challenge or anxious to have this behind me … probably … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

Community and Celebration

This past weekend I flew to Kansas City to attend YSC Kansas City’s In Living Pink gala. It was awesome! Everyone looked beautiful and the energy throughout the event was electrifying, filled with love and compassion. My favorite part of … Continue reading

Staying in the Moment

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” — Buddha All of us have given … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

A Letter to Family & Friends about My Journey – Part IV

Letter #4 March 7, 2011 A letter to my friends and family It appears my Pink Elephant and I have kicked cancer’s butt and this will be our last email! You have been incredible beyond words in your support and kindness … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

East Coast versus West Coast

I bet if we all took a look at our friends and where they live, we would have people close to us on BOTH coasts … and everywhere in between! Take me for example. I grew up in the Bay … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

TdP East Coast is 6 Weeks Away!

Tour de Pink East Coast is six weeks away. When I decided to ride TdP last fall, I was so weak from all my surgeries the year before that I was not able to walk up a flight of stairs … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

A Letter to Family and Friends about My Journey – Part III

Letter #3 November 26, 2010 An email to my friends and family Every year, for as long as I can remember my family makes turkey soup the day after Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving day itself is great, surrounded by friends and … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors