On December 9, 2014 I heard the three words that forever changed my life, you have cancer. I had no words. My eyes filled with tears and I handed the phone to my husband. I had just gotten home from what was suppose to be a simple surgery. I had originally been in surgery because I had an enlarged cyst on my thyroid. My Doctor was going to remove the cyst along with part of my thyroid, and I was expected to go on living a happy life. God had a different plan. While in surgery they found a lump that was underneath the cyst. The lump turned out to be cancerous and I would need to have my entire thyroid removed. two days later I went back into surgery and had the rest of my thyroid removed.
Having my thyroid removed made me hypothyroid. I underwent one treatment before I was able to get on med to maintain being hypothyroid. it took me 6 months before the meds were the correct dose and I finally felt human again. Through the whole time of being sick I never stopped running. That was the hardest thing I've ever had to go through. Your thyroid is your source of energy. Running was the one thing in my life I could control and I wasn't going to let cancer keep me from doing my passion. Today I am cancer free and a healthy 30 year old women. I take a little lavender pill every morning and wait 30 minutes till I get to eat. That is my new normal and I accept it. It's a true to gift to be healthy today and capable of running and living a happy life. I am pleased to celebrate my health with a race. This April I am participating in Ragnar Relay with 11 other Cancer Survivors. We as a team we will be running as Team Stupid Cancer, and will be running close to 200 miles total. Stupid Cancer is a non profit organization which advocates for young people dealing with cancer. Please help me in raising funds for this fantastic organization. It was a Stupid Cancer meet up that I had went to right after my thyroid was removed. I met Survivors and caregiver and left that meet up with hope for a happy and healthy life. I am so grateful that an organization likes this exist and am honored to run for team Stupid Cancer. Any little bit helps. Thanks again.