This is the slideshow I shared at the New England RFL University as I was speaking. This version I put music to it --- and chose this song from my ChiPower playlist - knowing that my family, my friends, my colleagues will not let me fall, would't let this "beast" defeat me - and I would stand (and run) upright all the way through. As I get ready to leave for Chicago I thought I would post and share it as a piece of my journey so far...
Don't Let me Fall - by B.o.B.
Chicago here I come!
When I get home we have treatment Tuesday - Wednesday and recovery on Friday. Let's beat this thing!
My journey - battling lymphoma
Recently I celebrated my 46th birthday. I love celebrating birthdays! Then I participated as a co-captain for our local "Quabog" Relay For Life and the Pack 57 Rocks! Cub Scout Team. This was the time frame that I had discovered an uneasiness in my stomach and growth in my spleen and stomach. After weeks of monitoring, my husband Steve took me to the doctor who felt the lumps and ordered a CT scan. The CT scan showed a massive area, my spleen enlarged to twice its size and an additional growth lower in my stomach. Next was the localized CT guided biopsy and subsequent PET scan. The biopsy showed positive for lymphoma and most likely Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma.
This is my online journal sharing my experience through battling this cancer that has abruptly entered my life for no apparent reason. The story is documented here if you want to start from the beginning, you can check the archives on the side bar.
As a top competitive master athlete this year winning my age group at the Marine Corps Marathon and placing 3rd in the New England Trail Running Championship I have been truly excited with my results of late and am a truly driven athlete. Driven by goals.... my goal right now.... to beat this "thing"!