Recipient

Melissa C.

Massachusetts

Rebirth

In April 2017, I had just stopped nursing my second child, a beautiful blonde haired sweet boy, Luke. I noticed a lump on my chest but figured it was a milk retention cyst. Why else would a healthy, physically active 33 year old woman who just stopped nursing have lump that could be anything else? Well, on April 26, 2017, I was proved wrong when I was diagnosed with Stage 2b triple positive breast cancer. I had to go through a grueling 2 years of treatment that included 20 rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, complications from the double mastectomy, 20 rounds of radiation, and targeted immunotherapy through a port placement for the following year. The year after, I went through a 14 hour surgery for reconstruction that included a long recovery time. I went through all of this while helping to raise my two beautiful boys, who were lost and confused as to why their once vibrant and fun mother didn't have energy to play with them and take care of them like before.


Before cancer, and especially before children, I was an avid athlete. I ran 4 marathons, countless half marathons, and loved to be active every second that I could. I put so much pressure on myself to get faster, stronger, and better, that it almost became not fun for me anymore. After being unable to exercise during cancer treatments, I decided that when I got back to exercising fully again, that I would make it count and do something that was enjoyable for me. I started to run again, and even have run a couple 7 mile races, but it hasn't filled my heart the way it used to. Maybe that's because I am not the person I used to be. Cancer has changed me, and in a lot of ways for the better. I don't put as much pressure on myself to be the best, and instead challenge myself to try new things and find more joy on the journey than the destination. This is why I would love for the opportunity to have a Peloton and the support from this wonderful community. Thank you.
2

Comments

Please, to leave comments

Log in