This is the first in a series of stories about inspirational women who do not know the word ‘impossible’

Meet Kristin McQueen

She’s a 34 year-old, 17-time marathoner who has endured 15 surgeries on her neck and brain and two rounds of radiation to fight metatastic thyroid cancer over the past 10 years.

Kristin was diagnosed with Metastatic Thyroid Cancer in 2003 at the age of 24
She has had five neck surgeries, 10 brain surgeries and two rounds of radiation. It was the second round of radiation that caused a severe complication, which resulted in all of the brain surgeries. There was been a snowball effect with each surgery resulting in more complications. In a nutshell, today she deals with :a partial airway, vision loss, hearing loss, vertigo, chronic pain, and nerve damage. Cancer has been her roommate for the past 10 yearsinspirational women_Kristin McQueen

“Running helped me through everything because it’s my constant. It has given me a goal with each surgery recovery and has been a motivation to push through when the complications keep piling up. Life is always easier to handle after a run. I have also put my running to good use and raised over $122,000 for American Cancer Society , all of them having taped “Suck it Cancer” to the back of my shirt.” Says Kristin

Kristin has run 17 full marathons and 9 full Ironman races

She is my inspiration

Chandra Gopalan (22 full marathons and 6 ultra marathons)
Contours India