First PMC: 2000
Carolyn Kaelin is a surgeon and founding director of the
Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Brigham and Women's
Hospital in Boston. In June 2003, she was diagnosed with three
separate breast cancers. "You'd think I would have acquired
an immunity for this one particular condition," she notes.
Following two surgeries in July, and a frenetic survey of
sporting goods stores in the Boston's Back Bay for a sports
bra she could put on without having to lift her arm above
her shoulder, Carolyn made it to the final water stop in the
2003 PMC. In the 2004 event, shortly after her sixth surgery,
she made it to the finish line in Bourne. Carolyn and her
husband Bill were extraordinarily frank with their two children
about her illness. "For my kids having the mystery taken out
of the situation was very positive," she says. "What's important
now is that roll up my sleeves and get on with things."
"Irony is the big operative word here."
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