Matt had a history of teasing me, and when he said those two words I thought it was some kind of (sick) joke. We were 22. There was no way he could have cancer. Right?
Except he wasn't kidding. It was a short phone call, and I don't remember much of what he said afterward because I was too busy panicking. Something about tests. A team of doctors. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with stage IV Non-Hogkin's lymphoma.
Six uncertain months and eight rounds of chemo later, Matt went into remission and has been healthy ever since. As odd as it sounds, he was lucky: though his cancer was aggressive, it was also highly treatable. And we were surrounded by supportive friends and family.
Since his cancer journey, we've met others (including a few around our age) who weren't as lucky and lost their lives. That's why I continue to fundraise for Team LIVESTRONG: everyone's experience with cancer is unique, and I wait for the day when no one has to hear - or say - those two life-altering words again.
This February, I'm tackling my second marathon with Team LIVESTRONG in my husband's honor. If he can fight like hell and win, I can handle 26.2 miles. Any support is much appreciated!
The Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against this disease that is now the world's leading cause of death. The money I raise will support programs and services for cancer survivors. These resources help people diagnosed with cancer face the challenges of the disease head on and live life on their own terms.