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.


The Day I was Supposed to Run the Marathon

Today was the day that I had planned to run the Sugarloaf Marathon. I celebrated by wearing my special Oiselle singlet and headed out into the neighborhood. I did not have a specific plan other than to appreciate how good I felt on this day, 11 days after my first chemo. I was not sad about not running the marathon. I had grieved that loss in March on the day I received my diagnosis. Today was just pure celebration! Apparently the Universe knew what I was celebrating because when I stopped my watch at the end of the run, the time was 26.2 minutes. It may not have been the 26.2 miles I had planned, but I will take it!

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