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I lost my running mojo in 2020. While participating in the runDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend in February I became sick. Afterward, I had a slight cough that wouldn't go away completely. I got checked out in March and they said to just give it a few more weeks. The cough seemed to improve some for about a week or two then took a few steps backward.

In the past, I would get one nasty cold each winter and up with bronchitis that would linger on for a month or two. This didn't seem as bad as that, so I thought I was okay.

The cough seemed to be caused by allergies and would come and go throughout the spring and summer.

It was a real struggle to train for the Falmouth 2020 Stay-at-Home edition. What should have been normal easy training runs felt like an all-out effort. I could barely run 2 miles and it was at a significantly slower pace. I blamed it on running with a face covering but in hindsight there was more going on.

In August the coughing fits started getting worse. I followed up with my doctor and after a couple telemed appointments and an in-person office visit there was still no definitive cause of the cough so she sent me for a chest x-ray. Still not definitive, but the chest x-ray found a spot on my lung so I was sent for a CT scan. The CT scan found a large growth in my left kidney. In November I had a radical nephrectomy to remove the kidney, adrenal gland, and tumor a little larger than a baseball. When I woke up from surgery the cough was gone!

Doctors guess the tumor was there growing for at least 2 years, possibly as long as 5-8 years. Not exactly early detection, but caught in time before it was able to spread.

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Jul 21 Cousin Danny Go Alan $55.35
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Jul 12 Jim and Nancy Coghlin Alan-By turning your difficult experience into something positive, you are helping others. Thank you for joining the DetecTogether team! $218.85
Jun 30 Charlene & Tom Puzzo Good luck in the race!! $246.10
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Jun 02 The McC’s You are a warrior in every sense of the word! Keep on crushing ❤️ $25.00
Jun 02 The Beckhardts Go Alan! So glad you are healed and on the race circuit again $55.35