I arrived on American soil with two suitcases, some cash in my pocket, and a work visa. I also had a bottle of fine 1966 Portuguese port—my birth year and a farewell present from a longtime friend. And I was very alone.
So begins the journey of a South African born woman on a quest to escape a painful childhood and find the identity of her father. What follows is the surreal story of how a successful Dallas realtor, workaholic, and couch potato turned ultra-endurance racer and accidental lobbyist attempts to change her state’s standard of care for breast cancer detection.
Henda Salmeron’s 2009 calendar looked, in her words, dismal. Semi-suicidal and fat in February. Stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis in June. A heart attack in August in Peru. Cardiac rehab and breast radiation in September. Complete nutcase by December. An agonizing five-day, 100-mile race in the Himalayas promises a way to save herself. But can she also convince the Texas legislature to save potentially thousands of women like her? Unexpected friendships, crushing defeats, and unlikely victories conspire across several continents as the universe keeps her guessing how her own story will turn out