Tuesday, how this woman faced down stave IV lung cancer, and won.

This morning I woke up early and went to get ready to go run. I wasn’t feeling particularly ambitious and I actually thought about not working out at all but I took Monday off so I really wanted to get a workout in.

The truth is, I’ve been sort of lazy for the last month or so.  Okay, really lazy.  Because sometimes it’s just easier not to work out, not to prepare the healthy food, not to worry so much about keeping the house clean, and not to take care of myself.

im lazy

Anyway, while I was sitting on the sofa pondering whether to go for a run or not I picked up a magazine and started flipping through.  This particular magazine tends to have a few feel good stories in it every issue, you know like the chicken soup for the soul variety.  I never read them.  I don’t know why but I’ve always considered them a bit hokey.

This morning I read the story.  I’m not sure what got my attention, the ‘beating the odds’ headline or the byline that said, ‘after being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer doctors didn’t have a lot of hope.’  Whatever the reason I read the story.

Rachel Drazan-Malmberg was a 30 year old elite athlete who woke up with a pain in her ribs that wouldn’t go away.  At first her doctors told her it was probably pneumonia because she was such a health minded person and so physically fit but the pain didn’t go away so she pressed the doctors, got an MRI and then heard the news no one ever wants to hear, stage IV lung cancer that had spread to her brain.

Rachel went through an expensive and grueling treatment and miraculously she has beat her cancer.  In fact, she’s currently training for a marathon.  I was so inspired by her story I looked her up online and wanted to share it with you.

I so admire her courage and strength and in the article I read this morning Rachel was quoted as saying, ‘What you believe is what you can achieve.’   We should all live by that motto.

Have you ever had to fight to find a diagnosis before?

On a scale of 1-10 how confident do you feel that your doctor listens to you?