People heal in different ways. For Candice Stinnett, she runs.
“I never gave myself that time to meditate, to pray, to reflect. Running gives me that,” she says.
December 8, the Keller mother will run the Metro PCS Dallas Marathon, her third marathon this year. It’s a feat that’s even more impressive when you understand the long road Stinnett has already been down.
I meet my fair share of patients, working for a hospital system.
Candice is one of those who’s hard to forget.
It’s not just because she’s a three-time cancer survivor, or that she tattooed the Baylor Health Care System’s flame on the back of her neck to celebrate her recovery—even though that does stick out at you.
It is her passion for life that is infectious.
Candice was just 21 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage IV B-Cell Follicular Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2007. She was a new mom with a new job and was facing a frightening new battle.
“I was scared for my life,” Stinnett said, “scared that my son would grow up without a mother.”
She endured years of treatments, chemotherapy and endless medications. In 2010, Candice received a lifesaving stem cell transplant.
Today, she is celebrating three years of remission. She joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and hasn’t looked back.
“Before cancer, my life lacked diet, discipline and exercise, and I was filled with stress. Cancer helped me to stop and look at life in a healing way, propelling me into a life of health and fitness.”
To celebrate her three years of being cancer free, Stinnett is running her third marathon in 2013.
26.2 miles is a long stretch of road, but in many ways it is a metaphor for Candice’s life.
Battling cancer was a tough journey filled with roadblocks and uncertainty. While the roads she now runs down may be long, she now has the confidence to succeed.
“It took a life-threatening illness to test out how much I wanted to live, but I was chosen for this journey. I might as well make the best of it.”
Her inspiring story was profiled on WFAA-TV. Take a look.