As most of you know, March is International Women’s Month. This is a time for us to honor and support the phenomenal women who support and lead the way for us every day.
We all have someone who we look up to, and I wanted to take some time to appreciate one in particular – My Boss, close friend, mentor and personal Superhero – Christina LaChance.
This woman is the definition of a Super Woman, and this weekend we were able to celebrate her strength, resilience, and determination.
Christina is running the 123 Boston Marathon for the first time. She is running for MGH’s Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team. 100% of funds raised go to supporting this unit and the families that rely on it. Christina held a rock and roll bingo event to raise money after she ran over 20 miles for the first time in her life! She was exhausted, but was still up till past 11pm celebrating with her family and friends!
Christina has been a huge role model to me both professionally and personally. A little over a year ago, Christina was diagnosed with Stage 1 Cervical Cancer. Any woman who has been through this knows that with limited options, this comes with one of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make. On March 19th, 2018 – Christina went into MGH to receive a Hysterectomy. A year later, and she is Cancer Free!
Through this entire process, Christina has stayed such a positive person always looking at the glass half full. She has remained a rock for her family (and her work family), and never lost sight of who she was. Honestly, most people didn’t even know what she was going through until she announced that she was running the marathon and her reasons behind it.
Christina has been a monumental person through a recent health issue I experienced. I have gone through several procedures to remove CIN1 and CIN3 pre-cancerous cells on my cervix at the age of 26. One of the ONLY reasons I have been able to hold it all together through this process is because I had Christina in my corner. She has shown me the true meaning of “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. Actually, I prefer to say “When life gives you limes, go get some tequila and make some margaritas.” Not only has her support gotten me through one of the toughest times in my life, watching her handle the limes she was given with such poise, strength and persistence gave me the strength to handle my own situation in a similar manor. She truly is a natural born leader who leads by example.
Please, Please, Please help Christina reach her goal and support her in her first ever Marathon. I have included her link below. All donations, no matter what size are greatly appreciated. I have also included some action photos, she has been training rain, sun, or snow 🙂
Side note: In reference to the recent procedures I have had, they were not able to remove all of the CIN1 in attempt to avoid any damage to my cervix. So this means I just need to keep myself healthy to avoid the spread of these cells any faster than they are already moving. I have switched to all natural and organic (AKA expensive) feminine products. I had a tone of left over products that I hadn’t used yet and didn’t want to throw away. I found an amazing organization Dignity Matters that is local to MA, and am donating a tone of stuff to them today. Check them out!
As always, thank you for reading. If this is the first and last time to my blog, that’s okay- just make sure you donate to Christina:)