Monday, June 23, 2008

In August 2004, Mike K. attempted to gather a paragraph or two from each of us so he could create a short story summarizing the history of the Cyclopaths. (Something on the lines of what the Seacoast Young team did for their fundraising, but for historical purposes.) Sue was the only one to respond.

Hi Mike,
Three years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My children were 5, 3 and 6 months old. After bi-lateral mastectomies, my doctors were 98 percent sure my cancer was cured. 6 months later, I found a lump on my scar. This time, although my doctors were optimistic, I had to undergo 6 months of chemotherapy, 2 months of radiation, and one year of IV antibody drugs.

While recuperating from the fatigue, my oncologist talked me into riding the PMC. Thankfully, Drew introduced me to the Cyclopaths, otherwise I never would have made it. What I did not know at the time was that the fatigue was not just from the previous treatment and trying to raise a family, but my body was once again fighting cancer.

Now, I go for weekly chemotherapy treatments, along with other therapies to keep my cancer stabilized. Although I didn't train as much as I could have, the encouragement and support I received from the Cyclopaths is again what pushed me to Bourne.

This is a very condensed version of my story. The girls start school tomorrow and we have to get ready.

August 31, 2004


Tam Cronin said...

Thanks, Mike, for sharing Sue's email. She was special. Hope to see everyone at Saturday's Sea Glass Ride!

Ethan Forman said...

Oh my. I never read that. Thank you for posting this. I wish Sue's story wasn't so "condensed." We will miss you on the ride on Saturday, Sue. Ethan.

Cyclopath-Donna said...

Just like Sue to find time for others. She was amazing in so many ways. Sue definitely left her mark on the world. I am glad I had the opportunity to call Sue a friend and fellow Cyclopath. We shared A LOT of laughs.

Anonymous said...

Sue is such an inspiration, her courage and spirit help me stick with the fight.


Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing this. It means a lot. Sue is a special person.