“I was diagnosed January 6 of 2012,” said Lisa Calderwood, 31. “I had a large mass on the right side of my brain and my world was turned upside down.”
Within two days of diagnosis, Lisa had surgery and began radiation and chemotherapy. Comforting her kids was the hard part, especially one of her little boys.
“When I told him I had to go to the hospital, he just looked at me and said ‘mom I feel like you’re going to the hospital to die’ and I almost starting bawling,” said Lisa.
Lisa made it through chemo, finishing her last treatment in March. But she knows, her journey with cancer isn't over.
“It's going to come back at some point in my life, the prognosis they tell you is two to five years,” she said.
So Lisa started thinking about a bucket list. One item on her's is to run the full marathon at this weekend's Big Cottonwood Marathon.
“It’s close, it's beautiful,” she said. “I don't know if this is the last opportunity.”
Lisa shares her story with a smile on her face, she said she gets comfort from her faith.
“I know where I came from, I know we’re all going to die, but when it's my turn I know I’m going to be with my family again, she said.
It's that faith that's helping her overcoming odds to run 26.2 miles-- not letting cancer keep her from her accomplishing her goals.