Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Guest Blogger: Krysten

I am Krysten from The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail, and a fellow BRCA gal. And just as crazy as Erin, because 7 months ago, the day before my prophylactic mastectomy I ran my first half marathon.
So why do we do it? Why do we run?

I run because I am stronger than genetics.
I run because I am stronger than this set of circumstances.
I run because my spirit is stronger than everything that has happened this past year.
I run because I am fierce.
I run to beat 
heart disease and breast cancer.
I run because this surgery will not break me.
I run past muscle fatigue.
I run through mental road blocks.
I run hard
I run fast
I run strong.
I run because I can.

This race was for me. It was about saying that despite everything that had happened this year, and everything that was about to happen - I wasn't going to allow anything to interfere with my life and my goals. It was about saying that I am stronger than all of this, and that I was a fighter. And more than anything else I was running this race to say I could!

I ran those 13.1 miles so I could be proud of my body for what it can do and instead of just how it looks. And when I drifted off to a drug-induced sleep the following day I was smiling because I know that I am strong and that I won.


Today I am cancer-free and in control of my health. So I run to thank myself for making healthy choices for my body - even when those choices can be hard. I run to remember what beauty really means. 

Real beauty is a woman who believes in herself and who knows she is capable of anything she puts her mind to. Beauty comes from strength and determination, a joyful heart and grateful spirit. Real beauty really does shine from within.

I know all of this now. 

So I run to be thankful for this flawed, defective little body of mine because it is finally strong and healthy!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,


  1. Thanks to Krysten and the other ladies for sharing their amazing stories. You are all an inspiration. I mean that. I might actually be inspired to jump back into a regular running routine. Three more days, Erin! You got this girl.

  2. This one made me cry! Yes! Yes! and Yes! I'm so excited for you to cross the finish line this weekend. and so proud of you for all the tough choices you have made for yourself and your family!