One out of eight women will have breast cancer in their lifetime ... you never think it will be you.

Beyond the questions of why is the incessant echo of decades of women whose lives have been lost or changed due to breast cancer. It is still.

I have lived a healthy and active lifestyle. Sea kayaking and mountain biking are my two active sports. In July 2011, I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). If cancer is graded, this is probably the least harmful when identified because it has not yet become invasive. It doesn’t mean that procedures are not invasive ... they certainly are.

I was one of the “lucky” ones ... my breast cancer has been arrested by a bilateral mastectomy. Invasive breast cancer victims are subjected to months of chemotherapy, followed by weeks of radiation ... chased by another 5 years of drugs ... in short, it is no picnic.

Medical techniques and testing have improved but remain barbaric in many areas. We need to end this battle.

This year, to celebrate my one-year anniversary and to support women all over, I am hosting a guided sea kayak paddle in conjunction with Sea Kayak Carolina. I hope you can join me — if you cannot, please consider calling Sea kayak Carolina and offering a donation — so many women ... so little time.

You may learn about my experience and breast cancer information at http://youhavecancer.wordpress.com.

Fern White

Charleston