Her Mantra, Race Baby Race!


Posted October 28, 2014

Her Mantra, Race Baby Race!

NEW YORK MARATHON HERE SHE COMES…RACE BABY RACE!

October, breast cancer awareness month, touches many of our lives in one way or another.  Our UAR family was recently touched by this cancer.  Laurie was and continues to be an inspiration to all of us at UAR.  We are thrilled to see you smiling, healthy and racing.  Wishing you the best of luck this coming weekend as you take on the NYC Marathon, your UAR family will be cheering you on every step of the way!

Thank you Laurie for sharing part of your journey with us and other women in your world, each of us have surely learned valuable lessons along the way with you.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer this past December at the age of 44. As a wife and mother to three children, ages 18, 15 and 12, this diagnosis blind- sided me. I had just completed a triathlon and was probably in the best shape of my life. So the diagnosis was shocking. The one piece of advice that I often tell people is that we have to be our own health advocates. If something doesn’t feel right, tell someone. Exhaust all of your resources, talk to family and friends, and don’t stop until you feel satisfied.  Telling my children and family was probably the hardest thing that I have ever done. But the one thing that I told them was that this diagnosis was not going to define who we are. No one was going to use this as an excuse. I approached my treatment plan much like I would if I were training for a race.  Once my plan of action was in place, I viewed it as a training schedule.  My treatment plan called for 12 weekly doses of chemo, and through my oncologist’s OK, I ran or worked out throughout my entire treatment. It was also during one of my weekly chemo sessions that I found out that I was selected to run in the New York City Marathon this Nov. 2.  I truly believe a positive attitude and physical fitness was my key to success in this journey.  I’ve had so many people support me along the way that it never seems possible to thank each and every one, but I would really like to express my utmost thanks and appreciation to my husband, John, my children, Tyler, Jake and Ellie; my parents, Jim and Dolores Domin, along with Susie Stein and my outstanding co-workers at Up and Running in Dayton and Troy and the terrific running community here in the Dayton area, especially my running friends from UAR.” Laurie

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