From Hodgkin's Lymphoma to Heartbreak Hill
Oct 28, 2013
Welcome to my Team In Training home page!!
I am so excited to be running the Boston Marathon as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team in Training.
Now I know what you're thinking, "The Marathon, Meg? Isn't a 5K or an eating contest more your speed?" And to that I say, "RUDE, but true." Let me explain...
Then and now,
Oct 2011 - Chemo treatment at the University of Chicago
Oct 2013 - Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon
I am currently in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma. In 2011, I was in my junior year at Boston College when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s. As a result, my semester abroad in Spain was canceled and I was sequestered at home to undergo chemotherapy at the University of Chicago Hospital. I was devastated, as anyone would be. Images of paella danced in my head as I watched the IV drip, drip drip.
During my treatment, I participated in a clinical trial that reduced the duration of chemotherapy treatment and eliminated radiation therapy. Instead of missing an entire year of school, I only missed a semester. I was able to return to BC in the spring of my junior year, triumphant and cancer-free (and ready to cheer on runners at Heartbreak Hill!). Through hard work and a fantastic support network, I was able to make up a semester and graduate on schedule with my classmates.
Through my clinical trial, I was a direct beneficiary of ongoing blood cancer research. This research would not be possible without funds from organizations like LLS. Raising money for LLS by running the Boston Marathon is my chance to give back for all that I have received as a result of this research. I will be raising money to fund continued research in an effort to find better forms of treatments and ultimately cures for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures so that there can be even more survivors of blood cancer...like me!