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Meet Sandy: Finding Her Strength Running Through Cancer Treatment
Our Community Runs Series interviews people in our communities to share stories about the impact running has on their life. You can find them all on our blog: https://runawayshoes.net/runners-lounge/
My name is Sandy Andreini. I’m 57 years old and I’ve always been active. I started running when I was in 8th grade. I’ve been married for 33 years and I have 4 beautiful daughters and two very sweet grandkids. I have always been healthy.
On July 18, 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer with metastasis to the bones. I was devastated. I received chemo, radiation, a bilateral mastectomy, and during all of my treatments, I stayed strong by running. It wasn’t always easy but running helped me mentally. Three years ago the cancer spread to my brain. I overcame this new obstacle mentally and physically by continuing to run. Running has always kept me focused and strong. I had brain surgery two years ago and I was back to running one month later. Recently I had a shunt placed in my head to help decrease swelling but that didn’t stop me either. I was back to my favorite activity in one month, with the permission of my doctors.
Run Away Shoes has always been my go-to place. Not only do they help me find the proper shoes for my fit and changing balance needs, but the staff has become part of my amazing support group during my journey.
My advice to anyone who is facing a challenging life experience is: Continue to live your life, continue to do what you love, fight and always remain active!