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CANCER WAS A TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR ME.
“In retrospect, there were definitely signs that something was wrong, but I completely missed putting them all together. I knew that I was really exhausted, but I just assumed that all young moms were equally as tired. I had extensive night sweats which I originally attributed to hormonal changes. I also had developed an intense rash on the surfaces of both hands and eyelids that was chalked up to eczema. It had not returned since my treatment years ago.”
In February 2015, I made a decision to quit smoking cigarettes after smoking for 18 years. When I quit smoking I took up running. I was able to do my first 10km run in September of 2015 running for about 2km and walking the rest of the 8 km. That was when I decided to register for my first full Marathon (42.2km) at the Calgary Marathon in May 2016. Well call me crazy, but you won't be far from describing my true personality! So I did this marathon at a time of 5hr 47 minutes and I was proud of myself. So I registered for the Okanagan Marathon in October 2016 the same year and completed this marathon at 4hrs 47minutes.
My life was good, my life is even better now…I must say I had it pretty good, I was a young adult working in the automotive and aerospace industry. I had a pretty successful young career and was thinking about building a family of my own.
Then, on October 23rd 2005, when I was 27, I was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). At the time, I was working as a design engineer for Bombardier aerospace and was working very hard to build ....