Running the Boston Marathon has always been a dream of mine. I grew up celebrating every Marathon Monday with friends and family at heartbreak hill cheering on the many courageous runners. Running the Boston Marathon for Mass. Eye and Ear, an organization that has changed my life, and raising money for a cause that is so near and dear to my heart is deeply meaningful to me.
My personal experience with Mass. Eye and Ear began last October when I was unexpectedly diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. To say the day I was diagnosed with this disease changed my life forever would be an understatement. Battling cancer has been one of the most challenging obstacles in my life, however, I would never be where I am today if it was not for the doctors, surgeons, nurses and staff at Mass. Eye and Ear. When I was initially diagnosed, it came as a shock. I was told the nodules found on my neck were likely benign, that there was only a 2% chance that the nodules could be malignant. This made the truth all that more devastating. As a healthy 23 year old nurse, this news was unsettling to say the least. Scared and anxiously searching for answers, I decided to get a second opinion. A coworker of mine at Mass General Hospital, recommended Dr. Gregory Randolph out of Mass. Eye and Ear. Unfortunately, when I called his office they informed me that Dr. Randolph had no availability for the next several months, which for me I did not have months to wait. The next day, I received a call from Dr. Randolph himself; who informed me that he had spoken with my coworker about my situation and that he would do whatever he had to do to help me through this difficult time as quickly as possible, emphasizing that I was a member of the MGH/MEEI family. He kindly took the time to explain and answer all my questions and was able to fit me in for more testing the next week and surgery the following. The compassion, kindness and respect Dr. Randolph and his team, along with the many nurses and care coordinators at MEEI have showed me over the past year is invaluable. They were always there for me and continue to be there for me every step of the way as I fight this cancer.
Through running the Boston Marathon and raising awareness for Thyroid Cancer, I intend to not only show my gratitude to all those who have supported me this past year but also express the strength, appreciation and perseverance I’ve learned through being cancer strong.
All funds raised through this page will be donated to Mass. Eye and Ear Department of Thyroid and Parathyroid Cancers and Disorders.