Why 50km, an Ultra Marathon? Well, that’s what it is for most NET patients (60%) who are stage 4 by the time of diagnosis, which can take 5-7 years.
In contrast, my cancer diagnosis in 2015 was a sprint thanks to a GP who when he heard hoofbeats, he thought zebras not horses. He ruled out some things but not satisfied he kept going until after a colonoscopy when Neuroendocrine Cancer was found. During this time, I was a regular in his waiting room after I finished work. I sometimes wondered what I was doing. I had symptoms that I couldn’t explain very well and didn’t know if anything would come of it. I would think maybe I should be at home with my husband and 3 year old after being at work instead. But he took me seriously from the start, so I believed he was doing the right thing. I’m glad we both stuck at it!
I was lucky to be surgical with stage III, grade II Neuroendocrine Cancer and now have regular monitoring with a great team. There’s been a couple of surgeries since but I’m doing great and running!
I run just for me, accomplishing more than just something physical, happy as a back of the pack runner with a smile on my face. However, as this will be my furthest run it’s worth sharing!
All donations are greatly appreciated. I am also looking for corporate sponsors. For companies donating $250 and over I will be proudly wearing your logo on the day. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be a corporate sponsor.
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