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 15, 2019.
Name: Meghan Ingram
From: Natick, Massachusetts
Bib #: 25223
On June 11, 2015, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Running helped save my life. In October of 2014 I decided to make some healthy changes in my life. I joined the gym at work, changed up my diet, enlisted a great trainer, and began to run. I signed up for my first 5K in December of that year to have something to work for, but I didn’t stop there. With the support of family and friends, I decided on a goal to do a 5K/month, and I signed up for my first half marathon in May.
By starting to run and becoming a healthier person, I lost weight and was able to discover the tumor situated in my abdomen. June of 2015, I had surgery to remove the mass. Unfortunately, my right ovary and fallopian tube were also removed. After tests were run on the tumor itself and some of the area that were around where it had been, it was discovered I had a rare form of ovarian cancer. It does not respond well if at all to chemotherapy treatment. After speaking with my doctors and a chemo specialist, I decided at that time not to move forward with the chemotherapy. If I had not started this wellness journey, I would not have been able to catch my cancer as soon as I did.
My doctors and nurses at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and at Brigham and Women’s not only saved my life, but helped both me and my family feel supported the whole way from diagnosis to today, being cancer free for over three years. I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to raise funds for Dana-Farber for a second year by running the Boston Marathon in 2019.
Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.