Survivor: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
I am a Survivor
My name is Christy Youngblood. I grew up in a small farm town in central Illinois and went to pharmacy school in Ohio where I met my husband Eric. We moved to Alaska in 2009 for an adventure and have been loving it! We have two dogs and three cats, and foster pets for Friends of Pets. I love all animals, and promote animal welfare and a vegan lifestyle. I love the outdoors, wildlife, and traveling. I fell in love with distance running in 2010 while training for my first marathon as a member of Team in Training, raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since then, I have completed 5 full marathons and one ultra marathon (49K). I started getting into mountain running in 2016, and aspire to run some mountain races here in Alaska, including Mount Marathon in Seward!
LLS became very personal for me last year when I was fighting for my life. I started feeling sick in March 2016, and was diagnosed with lymphoma (diffuse large B-cell NHL stage 4 in my liver, spleen, and lymph nodes) and HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis) in September (age 32) and made it through months of chemotherapy. I was so weak and knocked down I could hardly walk let alone think about running, but I remained positive and hopeful that one day I would be strong enough to get back out there on the trails.
I got a clear scan in May 2017 and am in remission! Days after this amazing news, my mother (Barb Powell) unexpectedly passed away. Going through such difficult times makes even the small accomplishments more rewarding. I am grateful to be here, alive, and have the support of family and friends. My body is still adjusting to life after cancer, and I am just trying to stay positive and keep going.
My name is Christy Youngblood. I grew up in a small farm town in central Illinois and went to pharmacy school in Ohio where I met my husband Eric. We moved to Alaska in 2009 for an adventure and have been loving it! We have two dogs and three cats, and foster pets for Friends... [Read More]
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