Let me preface this by saying:

 I. Am. Not. A. Runner.

I am by NO means built like a runner– just over 5 and a half feet and let’s not even talk about weight-to-height ratio.  And I was college softball player–who always got a pinch runner. You get the picture? Not. A. Runner.

But in March of 2010 my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. My family was completely jilted by the news that my > 45 year old mom was literally facing a life/death situation. Through the support of our family and friends, amazing doctors and a lot of faith, my mom successfully kicked her unlikely livable situation to the curb and entered remission.

In December 2010 I learned I carried the BRCA gene, which is what gave my mother Ovarian Cancer, my Aunt Ovarian Cancer, my Grandmother Breast Cancer and my Great Grandmother gallbladder Cancer. Essentially my odds of developing cancer in my lifetime far greater than that of a ‘regular’ person.

After retaining the news and learning that I will in fact have to have all of my child-birthing experiences complete by age 35 to decrease my odds of being yet another victim of cancer, I decided to take control of something… anything. And so began my love/loathe affair with running.

On September 18, 2011 I ran my first race– a half marathon.  It was the most exhilarating, exhausting, and amazing experience I’ve ever had. But I finished.  And the best part? Seeing my mom at the finish line. Healthy. Cancer free.

September 18, 2011
Presque Isle Half Marathon

For more details on our journey through cancer you can read either of the blogs which I kept during chemo treatments and immediately after her remission:




One Response to “…RUNNING…”

  1. Sabrina April 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Very Cool!

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