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 Last Weekend Run Before Surgery

This is the last weekend before surgery. It feels like I am approaching a dark dividing line in my life. The line that separates the me before breast cancer treatment and the me after treatment starts. There are plenty of unknowns and some knowns. The one thing I know today is that my routine for years has been that weekends are for long runs and today I plan to celebrate my last long run with friends! Ann was kind enough to organize a group run starting and ending at her lovely home situated around the beauty of Panorama Farms. Normally I have goals for the weekend long run: distance, time, pace. Today it was just about celebrating how good I feel today and being with people who “get” me. The run was easy and joyful spent talking with the others. We were nourished at the end of the run with fresh baked goods, fruit and hot coffee. This was exactly what I needed.

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