2017 Sacramento Undy Run/Walk
Welcome to The Vikings team page! Please join Jens and me as we celebrate another year of me being cancer free!
As many of you know, just after my 50th birthday (and four months after completing an Ironman triathlon), with no symptoms whatsoever, I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. The cancer was found after my doctor insisted it was time for my first colonoscopy. The cancer had spread to my lymph nodes, so after surgery, I experienced 6 months of chemo. Baseline scans and additional colonoscopies after chemo were suspicious but after many checks and re-checks, in June 2012, I heard the words “remission and NED (no evidence of disease)” from my oncologist. In December 2015, I was released from my oncologist's care. Hooray!!!!
We also participate to remember Nick – my chemo and birthday buddy who I met at the infusion center at Stanford. I met Nick on my first day of chemo when we found out our birthdays are 8 days apart and we both had colon cancer. Although we joked that a cancer center is a bad place for long-term friendships, Nick was a great guy and taught me much about life. I will always remember him and his sisters.
We call ourselves The Vikings because it takes Viking strength not only to survive cancer (Beth) but also to be the world's best caregiver (Jens).