Fresh Start

Hello readers or soon to be readers,

Before you start reading my blog on a regular basis, you probably want to get to know the author.  Let me introduce myself.

My name is Kathleen and I am a 45-year-old woman from Upstate, NY.  I am passionate about my life with my loving husband, running, triathlon, nutrition, and overall living a healthy and happy life.  Although you may not believe it when you read some of this post;  I have been blessed with a fresh start to reinvent and recharge myself  personally, professionally and athletically. 

In March of this year, my husband and love of my life, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Yeah, shocking! That’s right after being treated for an ulcer for 1 whole year prior to this devastating diagnosis.  This healthy 46-year-old that had never so much had to visit a doctor’s office for anything more serious than the common cold. 

Luckily, he was able to undergo and tolerate the six hour whipple procedure operation.  The surgery was a success! Special thanks goes out to the wonderful surgeon and care he received at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  The customary treatment protocol for most cancer diagnoses is radiation and chemotherapy.  However, when you are dealing with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, it is imperative to that explore all options and exhaust all resources.  It is extremely overwhelming and scary making a decision of what kind of follow-up treatment is best when it’s your life on the line. 

After extensive research and many, many phone calls to experts in the healthcare field, we made the decision to return to Johns Hopkins Hospital.   Our decision was to return to Baltimore, MD for six weeks this summer so my husband could receive  radiation and adjuvant chemotherapy on clinical trial.   Based on our research, this clinical trial had the best  outcomes and prognosis for pancreatic cancer survivors post whipple resection. 

My decision was to be by his side every step of the way no ifs, ands, or buts. ROADBLOCK- MY JOB! In summary,  I have a MBA and have worked in health care administration for over 20 years. And for the past 9 years as the medical practice office administrator in charge of the entire operation. Let’s just say that my departure for these 6 weeks was not well received which left me where I am today.  And your probably thinking, “doesn’t this lady work in healthcare”??

Bottom line, I am no longer employed at that medical practice and have decided to do what I love and love what I do.   Fittitude Freedom was born!   I have decided to start this blog and write about my every day journey to live life to the fullest with fittitude spirit!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and I will promise to keep you engaged with wonderful topics about healthy living.