Why I’m Running: Katherine Nyholm is running Boston after qualifying despite health challenges

"As a high school teacher, I hope that my students grow up into a world in which women have better access to high quality, compassionate health care and are supported through the tough health moments of their lives."

Neel Shah, MD) and physical therapist Marysa Warnhoff,
Katherine Nyholm, center, with Dr. Neel Shah and physical therapist Marysa Warnhoff, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. –Courtesy

In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston on April 16, 2018. Editor’s note: Due to the number of submissions already received, we are no longer accepting entries for this year’s race.

Name: Katherine Nyholm
Age: 29
From: Boston
Bib #: 13554

As a young woman with endometriosis, I’ve struggled to find solutions to pain and the clinicians who could best help me. After waking up from surgery last year to devastating news, my team of clinicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have helped to get me back together physically and emotionally. With their support and encouragement, I was able to run my first ever marathon this fall, just nine months post op, and ran a Boston qualifying time of 3:24!

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Now, I’m using my marathon journey to raise money for women’s health care at BIDMC. I am so grateful to be running for TeamBIDMC and their OB/GYN department to help me cope, to give back to the departments that have helped me, and to help other women have access to the compassionate care I have had at BIDMC.

While training for this marathon the last five months, I’ve continued to face many challenges related to the endometriosis. I have also heard from so many women who have also dealt with this brutal disorder that is very lacking in good treatment options. Millions of women are affected by disorders like endometriosis; the United States has the worst maternal mortality rate in the world; and reproductive cancers still end way too many lives too soon. Basic women’s health care needs so much more funding, and is a cause that truly helps everyone in some way. As a high school teacher, I hope that my students grow up into a world in which women have better access to high quality, compassionate health care and are supported through the tough health moments of their lives. This will keep me going through all of the pain to the finish line on Marathon Monday.

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Editor’s note: Entries may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.