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THYROID CANCER SURVIVOR NOW A RUNNER

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Lu's Survivor Story
“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” -Hunter S. Thompson

Lu was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is a fitness enthusiast and a runner.

The Diagnosis

“I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013, after 3 years of battling with hypothyroidism.”

The Journey

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“Cancer changed my life. At first I felt defeated. I was doing a post-graduate program overseas and all of a sudden I had to come back home for surgery and treatment. Life after cancer has been the most challenging part, because my body had a tough time getting used to live with no thyroid.

Even when I was taking the right dose of my thyroid hormone replacement medicine, I felt exhausted all the time to the point of not being able to walk for more than 10 minutes straight. After treatment I’ve been suffering from chronic nausea, which sometimes takes the toll on me. During these five years, I’ve realized that I own my story, I am the boss of my body, and I am determined not to be defined by an illness.

I started exercising and now I run half marathons despite I continually fight with my energy levels and nausea. However I’ve learnt to listen to my body and be gentle to myself when I need to, but also I’ve realized that I am not giving up and that my will to enjoy life is bigger than anything else. Cancer came to my life uninvited but it gave me a heck of a life story that now I am proud to share in order to inspire others to not to give up.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“Getting my life back, help others, and enjoy life with no limitations.”

Biggest hindrance

“Nausea and energy levels. But no matter how I feel, I always get up, put my sport shoes and exercise.”

Message to other cancer patients

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“Don’t let cancer define who you are and what you can or cannot do. The fight continues even long after remission, but the most important thing is to live to the fullest ALWAYS. “

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