Cancer & Fitness

In 2011 I finished the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

This bucket list goal was achieved two years after being diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer; and the diagnosis was devastating one – a six percent chance of survival and a timetable of two years. Those two years before the Ironman were challenging – I endured radiation treatments and chemotherapy treatments followed by colon and liver resections. Today I continue to receive maintenance chemotherapy.

Because of my diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer both my sisters each got a colonoscopy (ages 61 and 62), one had precancerous polys the other stage 3 colon cancer. They each have 2 daughters; 2 of the 4 daughters had precancerous polyps. My sister will be the first to tell you—I saved her life. She would never have gone for screening. We must talk about this issue, educate and encourage others. We truly can save lives.

I’m no super woman. And I’m no different than you. I made a decision that I was going to beat this. To do that I employed all the tools that were and are available to me – my army of supporters, family and friends, my Doctors, and the strength to believe in myself and just keep trying

That’s what I wish to offer to you – a message of hope and power. Even in the most trying and difficult circumstances, whether they be physical, mental, or emotional, we can push through and overcome.

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The following resources are valuable for issues dealing with cancer, health and fitness.

Cancer:

American Cancer Society – http://www.cancer.org/
National Cancer Institute – http://www.cancer.gov/
Colon Cancer Alliance – http://www.ccalliance.org/

Health and Fitness:

Cool Running’s – http://www.coolrunning.com/
Triathlon Competitor – http://www.triathlete.com
Beginner Triathlete – http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/