Diane is a new Cancervive Cycle Tour rider for 2018. She comes to with a fresh perspective on her cancer diagnosis, a diagnosis she says allowed her to enjoy one of the best years of her life.
Here’s what Diane had to say about why she rides, even to her chemo treatment:
“In November 2016 I returned from a huge ride down the California Coast. I was healthy and strong. A couple of days later, a routine check-up revealed a breast lump. By Christmas, I’d had a biopsy, diagnosis and surgery appointment. Aggressive, invasive cancer… Twelve weeks of chemo followed by radiation and hormone blocker pills daily. How life can change. I approached the news with positivity and optimism. I saw the cancer and treatment as a blip, an inconvenience and also an opportunity. I attended art sessions at Wellspring and painted memory boxes for my children. I swam throughout the chemo period and rode my bike on a beautiful journey 30 km return to my 19 radiation appointments, enjoying a part of Calgary that I was usually too busy to notice. To top off the year I cycled from Madrid to Porto, then up the Camino de Santiago. I lost my hair and felt a little rough but all in the name of moving on to a healthier future. “And this too shall pass”. How true. Hopefully, the cancer stays away. If not, I know that Wellspring is there for me and all the other folk facing a cancer journey.”
Welcome to the Cancervive family, Diane. We’re proud to be able to ride some of those glorious kms with you on this year’s Tour.