…109 Days Until Race Day
This is Simran.
She is kind, caring, incredibly intelligent and, as you can see, strikingly beautiful.
At age 8, Simran was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in the right calcaneus bone.
After 1 year of treatment that included 14 rounds of chemotherapy, 6 weeks of radiation and 4 surgeries, on July 17, 2006, Simran received her final dose of chemotherapy. She celebrates this as her remission date and has that date tattooed next to her portacath scar.
Here are Simran‘s own words:
“Being diagnosed with cancer at such a young age impacted me physically, emotionally and psychologically. Having cancer forced me to mature very early on in life and gave me a whole new perspective on the world around me.
The physical pain fades eventually, and I am very fortunate to only have a few post-treatment growth side effects. However, once you have experienced the turmoil that cancer causes, you are forever tainted by it.
I struggle daily with some of the psychological effects that are left behind. I have lost so many fellow cancer patients that I constantly worry about losing anybody in any way.
I feel insecure at times when I go back to a time where I was the only one that looked a certain way while others around me were beautiful and healthy with a full head of hair.
I have difficulties letting go of people and I cannot empathize with the petty problems that go on in this world.
I go out of my way for others but it is hard to have to remind myself that people do not always appreciate and/or reciprocate.
However, with all these little bugs in my head that I can’t seem to terminate, cancer has ultimately been a blessing in disguise for me. I cannot imagine having the strong goals and willpower that I have to become a pediatric oncologist without what I went through. I would be a completely different person, blind from the terrors of real life-and-death situations.
I learned to cherish every single moment life has to offer and to always find the best in others. I am involved in such a tight-knit cancer community filled with endless support, inspiring role models, and life-long friendships.
My experience with cancer has shaped me into who I am today and I am so grateful that I am able to share my story and help others going through similar obstacles.
If all goes well hopefully one day I run myself out of a job!” – Simran
Since Simran kicked cancer’s butt, I dedicated today’s workout to her because it was all about kicking butt, my own and the workout’s.
Who will you meet tomorrow?