In 2002 I was diagnosed with CML and was 1 of 2 out of 100,000 Canadians a year to be diagnosed with this form. Those diagnosed were mostly men over 50 and at that time I was a 17 year old female. The science gives me hope as I am all about the facts, it helps me to understand how I can live with this form of cancer which gives me peace of mind. When I was first introduced to Team In Training I was overwhelmed that there was so many people who were involved who knew someone with Blood Cancer and many who didn’t know someone just chose to support. Also, Team in Training is specific to supporting blood cancer which is important to me. Overall it's the people that make it special. I always thought about running but never thought I could do it. I never came across a group that caught my eye enough to get involved. When I attended Journey of Hope I learned more about TNT and then knew this was my opportunity to just do it! Maritime Race weekend was my first 5k last year in September so we trained through the summer. The idea of running in the winter wasn’t so appealing so I will be back for the fall season. I will probably be talked into a destination event in 2021! I haven’t been running due to some knee issues so I feel disconnected from the Team. I am looking forward to getting back to the TNT community. After hanging out with the team for a few hours I always feel so much better physically and mentally so, I don’t want to take advantage of that again!