Kristy Fasbinder of Chicago was training for the 2008 Chicago Marathon. She was going out for a new PR, it being her third marathon. A severe toothache was bothering her a few weeks before the race, so she went to have things checked out. She ended up going through a series of root canals and oral surgeries leading up to the race. She ran Chicago as planned, though didn?t do as well as she?d hoped.
Two days after the marathon, while going to get her medal engraved, she got a call from her oral surgeon that would change her life. A tissue sample taken during a checkup had shown the presence of non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma.
Kristy underwent six rounds of chemotherapy from November 2008 to March 2009, after which she was declared to be in remission. With a new-found zeal for life and giving back, Kristy has joined Team LIVESTRONG in her return to marathoning at the Chicago Marathon on 10/10/10.
What helped you get through your own treatment?
The support you get from other people ? especially the support from other survivors ? is absolutely critical, especially to your mental well being. I think that?s what LIVESTRONG is all about: reaching out to those that need the help most.
Why did you join Team LIVESTRONG?
When I was first diagnosed, a friend who was going through treatment for leukemia passed onto me a copy of ?It?s Not About The Bike? as well as a LIVESTRONG Guidebook. I was greatly inspired by Lance?s story and more determined than ever to overcome my diagnosis.
After you?ve been through a lot of pain it?s easy to opt out of more; you don?t want to sign up for any more physical pain than you?ve already been through. However, I know that other people go through more so I?ve made the commitment to them and myself to run the Chicago Marathon with Team LIVESTRONG.
What is your goal in the Chicago Marathon this year?
I still don?t feel back to full strength, which is frustrating, but I?m driven to finish because I know how much worse things could be. After what I?ve been through I want to help those that need it most, and I think running with Team LIVESTRONG is my way of helping and inspiring them. What started with a toothache is now my driving force to cross the line in honor of those battling cancer.