Sue Fortier

Ali on the Run Show Episode 287: Sue Fortier, Breast Cancer Survivor

“I ran out of anger. I ran because cancer was trying to stop me.”

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, today’s guest is Sue Fortier: an Ali on the Run Show listener, a mom of two, and a breast cancer survivor. On this episode, Sue shares her cancer story, which began when she was 37 and was training for two fall marathons. She felt some pain in her breast, which turned out to be breast cancer. Her life was immediately and forever changed. Sue, who works as a visiting nurse, underwent 16 weeks of chemotherapy treatment, followed by 25 rounds of radiation — a time she refers to as the most traumatic of her life. She talks about how and why she kept running through her treatment, and explains how her relationship with running and with her body have changed since her diagnosis.

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  1. Ali – I really love your show. I am a runner – 50+marathons and one ultra, a mom, a nurse, and recently became a wife. This episode is particularly important to me as I have just found myself in a similar situation and could use some hope. I would love to be able to connect with Sue but want to be respectful if she is not comfortable with that. If there is any way you could provide her my email…I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much.

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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