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Diagnosis: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).
Diagnosed: December 1996
Iām 59 years old and I am presently enjoying my third year of retirement. In my teens and 20ās I was a dancer and a gymnast. I was a silver medallist at the first Womenās National Collegiate Championships in 1965. In my 30ās and 40ās I did several bicycle tours to Southern California. When I was 52 I completed my first ø marathon. I worked 34 years at City College of San Francisco as a teacher, coach, athletic director, department chairperson and I served as President of AFT 2121, the faculty union. I love classical and jazz music, reading, playing the piano, being active and spending time with my partner, Diane and our dog and cat.
I joined TNT in Summer 2000. I trained and completed my first triathlon. Honorees are suppose to be an inspiration to all the participants. However, they were an inspiration to me.
This will be my fifth season as an honoree and participant. In Winter 2002 I completed all the training rides even though I had begun oral chemotherapy. However, I had a bad side effect from the chemo drugs and was very ill which included a stay in the hospital. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete the century ride in Solvang with the team.
This season I will be under close watch by my oncologist. It is very likely that I will begin a new regimen of IV chemotherapy. I hope to be able to do some of the training with you. It will all depend on how my health is during the season.
I joined TNT June of 2001 as a cyclist. I finished all my chemotherapy in January of 2001 and I am now in remission. I say cured!! No remission for me.
I first learned of Lymphoma a few years ago, when my father was diagnosed with a stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I watched him go through chemotherapy, radiation and other procedures, which was very difficult for me and my family. He passed away from complications in February of 2000. I started feeling ill during my father's funeral. For the following three months I went through multiple tests, had a constant fever, lost close to 50 pounds, and became dangerously anemic. I was diagnosed with Lymphoma in May of 2000.
It was a relief to know what was wrong Now that I knew what the diagnosis was I could begin the fight against cancer. With the help of great doctors and nurses and after nine months of chemotherapy treatments, I was cancer free in January of 2001.
When I first started Team in Training I was doubtful of my physical ability after nine months of Chemotherapy. Joining Team in Training was a great experience for me. I enjoyed the support and fellowship of the coaches, the staff and the other riders. I look forward to talking and riding with you this season.
Hello, My name is Thomas Tope. I was diagnosed with Non- Hodgkins Lymphoma in June of 1994. I spent six months in the Oakland Naval Hospital.
After the Naval Hospital I was sent to the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital to complete the rest of my chemotherapy for another six months. The chemotherapy gave me side effects that damaged my hip bones. Because of the damage, I had both of my hips replaced. I have stainless-steel hip replacements. It hurts to walk long distances. But, that wonāt stop me from being an Honoree.
Eight years later I am doing a lot better and I swim in the swimming pool at the Menlo Park Veterans Hospital. I swim three days a week. Swimming is my therapy for my hips. This will be my third season with the cycle team. I hope to be at more training rides than my last season and I look forward to helping the cycling team.
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