"I say 'Yes' to new experiences and opportunities because I don't know how much longer I will be able to do them!"
My whole life I’ve been basically healthy. I was an avid tennis player and beginning runner when I was initially diagnosed with breast cancer. I took a very aggressive stance to treat it, with 2 surgeries, chemo, and radiation to minimize the chance of recurrence.
When I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer I had completed 2 marathons, 17 half marathons, and many other races. I was in the best shape of my life. The cancer came back anyway.
I’ve now run 34 half marathons and 6 marathons and I have more races scheduled. I say ‘Yes’ to new experiences and opportunities because I don’t know how much longer I will be able to do them!
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- New York
- New Jersey
“Mr. Marcus, you have kidney, lung, and brain cancer. Stage 4. We are going to monitor you for the next 24 hours but there is not much we can do for you here. You need to go home and start making arrangements. At most, you have two years to live.”
I had a red circle on the right side of my breast, and I had lost twenty pounds despite the fact that I was not on a diet. When I went to the doctor their tests couldn’t find anything wrong, so I told them to check out this red spot.
My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). He had a total left nephrectomy on our 35th wedding Anniversary on Sept. 10, 2012. At that time there was no treatment that was available.