Laine - Survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and a TNT Participant
I couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate the 5 year cancer-free milestone than crossing the finish line at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in June of 2013! My friend and I joined Team in Training (TNT) and committed ourselves to training for a daunting 42.2km run and raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).
I am a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was diagnosed with stage III Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during my undergraduate studies at university. I was told I had one of the most curable forms of cancer and so I continued with my studies as I started the 6 month chemotherapy regimen. I lost my hair and my white scalp saw the sun that summer as I spent the “good days” biking, hiking and waterskiing.
I never thought of my diagnosis as a death sentence. It is this thinking that drove me in my fundraising efforts: raising dollars to fuel cancer research so that more people, when faced with a cancer diagnosis, can be reassured that they too can live past their cancer. Although the fundraising commitment seemed intimidating at first, I quickly surpassed this goal and raised a total of $18, 660!
Throughout the months of training we had our fair share of snowy days, blisters, aches and pains and mental blocks; however, these were all overcome with the support of the TNT group and the promise of the delicious chocolate milk recovery beverage! Race day was such an incredible experience with streets lined with people there to cheer on the runners! My friend and I crossed the finish line, exhausted, hand-in-hand and with a tremendous feeling of accomplishment!