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Hanging on to Fitness and a Few Strands of Hair Through Breast Cancer Treatment

I am a Medical Oncologist, a wife, a mother of 4, runner of 12 marathons training to run my 13th with a goal to qualify for Boston when the diagnosis of breast cancer caused a significant detour in my well-planned life. When I asked for guidance on how to continue to stay fit while receiving treatment, I received blank stares and found little data. While I never intended to be in this experiment, I find myself now generating my own data about fitness through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. I am writing this in hopes to help others who find themselves in this same situation.

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Global Running Day

Today is Global Running Day. It is also the day I will receive my 3rd cycle of chemotherapy. So guess what I did? Of course, I went running. I was blessed on this day to have my sister with me since she is here to celebrate our niece Ava who graduated from high school yesterday. My heart rate continues to jump into the mid to high 160’s without corresponding perceived effort to justify this high heart rate. Because I believe this is my body telling me that my heart is having to work harder to deliver the needed oxygen to my muscles now that I am anemic. It is a little frustrating, but I think that taking walk breaks when I see my heart rate climb is the right thing to do.

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