I Beat Cancer, Became a Runner, and I Refuse To Give Up

Lindsay Hawker

 

In December of 2015, life hit me down hard when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34. 

I have two young sons, who were just 4 and 9 months at the time and I vowed to do EVERYTHING in my power, to make sure I beat cancer so that I would be around to raise them. 

I've been poked, prodded, went through 15 months of chemotherapy, had a double mastectomy and a total of four surgeries in all.  My doctors indicated that walking would increase my healing, so I started walking.

Then I started running six weeks after my double mastectomy.  Suddenly, running wasn't so scary once I had faced cancer.

To say I was slow when I first started running would be an UNDERSTATEMENT.  Having chemo in your body while running is HARD STUFF.  Numerous surgeries and procedures would force me to stop running and it was like starting over each time I would start running again.

However, I REFUSED to give up no matter how many times I had to start over.  I hired a running coach and got faster and stronger! Today, I'm trying for a sub 25 minute 5K (almost there, 25:27) and I'm signed up to run my first half-marathon in March, which will be exactly one year from my last chemo treatment! 

The only limitations are the ones you place on yourself!  Here's to 2018!  #SheCanAndSheDid