Introducing Color Runner Hero Tabi Williams! Her incredible strength and perseverance inspires all of us to smile a little more and believe a little harder. Thanks for inspiring all of us, Tabi!
by Tabi Williams
In August of 2016 my best friend and I decided to do The Color Run (walk in our case!) together. We signed up as a team and got more friends involved. Everything was good to go until 16 days before the race. On October 6, 2016 I got the worst news I’ve ever heard in my life. The lump I had found 8 days earlier was cancer. I was told I have triple negative Stage 2B breast cancer with lymph node involvement. This meant I would have to complete a very rigorous chemo regimen before we could think about surgery. I was scheduled for more scans and had a port placed in my chest on October 14, 2016.
My husband and family had been urging me to not complete The Color Run coming up on October 22 because of my health, but I knew I wanted to complete The Color Run even more now that I had this diagnosis. I was, and still am, determined to not let cancer take things from me.
I had my first round of chemo on October 20, 2016. I had a shot to help boost my immune system which caused great bone and joint pain. Again my husband said “don’t do The Color Run”. And I said “I will finish it on my own!”
I woke up the morning of The Color Run both exhausted and excited. I knew the challenge facing me that morning would feel like a 10K instead of a 5K. I knew I would be so tired I would want to quit. But I knew I was going and would cross that finish line, even if I was the last person!!
It was at the finish line that I knew in my heart that cancer ain’t got nothing on me!!
To date I have completed 11 rounds of chemo. I have had two overnight hospital stays to fight infection. I continue to live each day as if I’m the healthiest person alive. I get my girls ready for school each day and take them to and from school. I’m as active as possible in my church. And I try very hard for home life to be as normal as possible. I had to discontinue my walking program after my diagnosis because I was absolutely exhausted. I am looking forward to restarting that as soon as we have warmer temperatures. I will have 5 more rounds of chemo and then the hard part starts. I will have a double mastectomy as well as a complete hysterectomy. These are both precautionary to ensure my cancer has nowhere to come back to. The reconstruction process after mastectomy will be a year-long process. But I’m a tough cookie. I will whip cancer’s butt!
My hope is to be healed enough from surgery to complete my third The Color Run in the fall of 2017!
Thank you for listening to my story. I pray my story can be the inspiration some need to get going! I may have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me!