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Marion's Story

​In the summer of 2006, I found a lump during a self-examination. I had it checked out by a doctor who assured me everything was fine.

Months later, on my wedding day, I asked my sister (a nurse) what breast cancer felt like, who then described to me it would be a hard mass. The lump in my breast was bothering me and causing me pain. During our discussion we figured it was just a cyst, and I walked down the aisle.

Still, I visited my doctor to get it checked out. It was determined further testing was needed. I went for an ultrasound and mammogram, played the waiting game, and just four months after getting married, learned that at age 31, I had breast cancer.

The first thing we did was call a family meeting to break the news – and naturally, everyone was shocked. None of the women in my family had breast cancer, other than an aunt on my Dad’s side, and like so many women before me, I found myself wondering why is this happening to me? I quickly realized history has to start somewhere, and being vulnerable to breast cancer had started with me. Right then and there, I decided this was a struggle I was going to win.

During my fight, my husband stood by my side and shaved his head immediately after I started losing my hair. He was there for me through eight rounds of chemo, seventeen rounds of a targeted treatment agent called Herceptin, a mastectomy, and sixteen rounds of radiation, until I was finally rid of my cancer cells. I continue to take tamoxifen to help prevent the cancer from returning.

On Run Day 2009, my sister, her husband and her children as well as my husband, his uncle, my mother and father joined me. I will cherish those moments together forever, especially since the passing of my father in 2011.

I don’t regret my experience with cancer; it has made me who I am today. I have a whole different outlook on my life and am blessed every single day.

On Sunday, September 30, I am running for myself. Who are you running for?
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