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Medical Edge: Breast Cancer

Created: 10/03/2013 5:41 PM KSTP.com
By: Kenny King

"When you have a cancer diagnosis, or an advanced diagnosis, everything in your life starts to unravel."

For Cynthia Cycon, long distance running is a perfect metaphor for being a breast cancer survivor. Getting there is accomplished - one step at a time.

"It's very important, whether you're running a marathon or going through chemotherapy, to not think too much. It's important to focus on what you're trying to do right then and keep doing it."

"I can recommend that anyone you know who's making the cancer journey have a bun-cologist."

Along the way… Cycon has found that others are inspired by her experiences. She talks about why she runs so tenaciously … and about her diagnosis in 2010, which doctors in her home town of Chicago repeatedly missed for over a year.

"You have to be your own advocate.  This tumor could have been seen if one simple different view had been done in mammography."

The latest scans show she is cancer-free.

Moving forward is about .. moving. A recent survey of Mayo cancer patients found that doctor approved exercise decreases fatigue and boosts mood. Cycon's oncologist told her .. if you want to run.. run.

"And time and time again it turned out that I actually felt better if I stuck to my normal activity than if just sat on the couch and wallowed in my discomfort."