I honestly thought my life was over when I was told that I not only had cancer, but that I had to have my leg amputated.
I am Jacky and I am a mom of two and I had my left leg amputated due to cancer (sarcoma) in 2001. I was living in The Netherlands at the time and had a fantastic career and had my whole life ahead of me. I discovered a lump in my lower leg and had it removed. I wasn’t expecting anything from it. I honestly thought my life was over when I was told that I not only had cancer but that I had to have my leg amputated.
I was determined not to be defeated so I worked really hard to get my life back. I was playing squash within 6 weeks.
I decided to take up running in 2016 to encourage others to run. I have run a lot of races in the last two years including Chicago Marathon. Currently I am training for Boston in April and after that I will take on my first 40 Mile Race. The plan is to run a 100 Mile race in 2019. I do need to work 200% harder than any able bodied runner to achieve my goal, but I’m willing to do that! Hopefully, inspire other people to enjoy the life they have.
– Jacky Hunt-Broersma, North Carolina