In December of 2000 I booked an appointment with my doctor for what I thought was swollen glands. I was wrapping up a teaching practicum for my first degree in a 5th grade classroom and was convinced that the flu my students had been passing around for the better part of two months was to blame. It turns out those swollen glands were actually a grapefruit sized tumor and additional cyst attached to my thyroid. It wasn't long afterward I received my first cancer diagnosis.
Little did I know this was only the beginning. As of today I've been diagnosed 5 times with 2 different types of cancer, gone through 5 surgeries, completed 39 rounds of radation (the picture posted is me on my very last treatment), and completed radioactive iodine treatment. I am happy and healthy and live with a chronic condition that shouldn't effect my longevity of life as long as the cancer keeps presenting the way it has in the past.
This year I decided to join RUN4HOPE and raise money for the BC Cancer Foundation. On May 5, 2019 I will be running the BMO full marathon and fundraising in an effort to show my gratitude for the excellent care I receive and to further research in hopes others will have the same outcomes I've had.
Thank you in advance for anything you might be able to contribute. I genuinely appreciate it.