Cancer sucks....it's insidious and cruel. Today was a rough day for Kate....chemo has taken its toll. Today the pain was real but tomorrow is a new day, full of hope.
September 06, 2016
My name is Rachel Compton and on September 10,2016 I will be running the 9th annual 5k for ovarian and gynecological cancer; in Rochester New York. My friend Kate is who I will be running for. Here is her story:
My Name is Kate, I'm a 40 yr old wife of 11yrs to Jonathan, and mom to a precious, almost 11yr old Ben. I am also a 10 yr survivor of a very rare type of cancer. The day after my 1 yr wedding anniversary, at the age of 30, I was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, a very aggressive sneaky bugger, with an extremely poor prognosis . This was a total shock, I was healthy and very active, I felt pretty good for having a 6 mo old baby. But none of that really mattered because the proof was in the pudding, and I for sure had cancer. I underwent a radical hysterectomy, and began the most aggressive treatment plan... "The chemo sandwich" as we like to call it. It went like this, chemo then weeks of radiation and then top that off with another 3 cycles of chemo. It was brutal and left me feeling and awful. Physically and mentally I was a wreck. Things finally started to get better about 2 yrs later when I stepped into a yoga studio for the first time. Yoga helped me put some thought behind what I really needed to be and do. It set me up to take on the next recurrence which came almost 4 yrs to the day after the first diagnosis. This time I had surgery to remove it, but had the option to do another round of chemo, which I declined! Instead we decide to keep a close eye on things with the use of scans every three months. I adopted an attitude of gratitude, and dove deeper into health and fitness. Putting myself, health and well being as a top priority, I enjoyed 6 blissful cancer free yrs. I slowly shed my battle armor and floated through life, free and vulnerable, soaking up all things that brought me and my family peace and joy. It was a time of growth and acceptance, abundance and experience. It was journey into physical fitness, clean eating and grabbing life by the horns and saying " mere survival is not enough.. watch me THRIVE" Surviving cancer is an on going battle, 5 yrs is considered successful, and 10 yrs is a damn near miracle. This has never been enough for me, and is a bit frustrating because the term survivor implies that you did it, like your done. But I am not DONE. I have cancer again. This time things are a little different and no one is OK without hitting it hard with chemotherapy. So, here we go, again. But it is alright, i am physically ready, this is EXACTLY why I train, eat, live and believe the way I do. The battle is upon us & I couldn't be more prepared to fight, and win... AGAIN.