With so much insanity happening in the world, I think that it is time to hear a feel good story don’t you? If you have been hanging out with me for a while then you know that I credit my running journey to being introduced to runDisney at the Fitbloggin Conference in Savannah in 2014. I’ve run several races since (and will run more in the future!) and each time is more inspiring than the last.
Meet Debbie Rogers
Debbie Rogers credits Walt Disney World Resort with saving her life.
Rogers, who lives in Westchester, NY., ran the 13.1-mile Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon last weekend with only one healthy lung as a result of lung cancer doctors discovered roughly 10 months ago after she completed the 26.2-mile Disney Marathon in January.
It was during that January race at Disney that Rogers injured her foot. What she thought was a routine trip to the doctor to examine the foot turned out to be a life-altering affair after doctors discovered a tumor on her right lung.
Because the foot injury prompted her to seek medical attention, doctors caught the cancer early, which made a full recovery far more likely. Despite having part of her right lung removed during surgery on the tumor, she is healthy enough again to run and fittingly made her return to competitive running at the one place – Disney – that she said “saved my life.’’
“Had I not trained for the Disney Marathon and not have had a running injury and not have completed the marathon, they would have found the lung cancer too late,’’ Rogers said. “It is very, very rare to find early stage lung cancer!!’’
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A lot of us run for fun, some of us run for the challenge, some of us run for weight loss and weight management. What I love about this story is that Debbie not only was diagnosed doing something that she loved but she really didn’t let it stop her from continuing her passion for running. Sometimes simply doing what we love can be the one thing that saves us!