GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) – If you have ever hope to run the New York City marathon, you know that getting the email saying you have been selected to participate in the prestigious 26 point two mile race is a big deal.
For Linda Carignan of Guilderland, it was a dream come true and she wasn’t going to let a breast cancer diagnosis stop her. The long time runner was diagnosed with the disease in May -just two months after learning she was accepted in the NYC marathon.
She underwent surgery in July and has spent the last 21 days undergoing radiation treatments. Through all of this, she has managed to train for the marathon. She says she runs every day after work and does her long runs on the weekend. It actually has been running that has helped her deal with the tremendous emotional toll that breast cancer can take on a person.
“I went for a routine mammogram on May 1 and hours before the workforce team challenge I got a call at work and was told I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I had to process this information. So basically, what I did was I didn’t tell anybody, I went and ran the race because I didn’t know how to process it and running really helped me deal with that. Then I could tell my family,” said Carignan.
Linda will run in the marathon this Sunday. She said she is excited to get to the starting line on Staten Island.
She will finish up her breast cancer treatment on Friday – 5 days after the marathon.