This has always been bigger than me. I just had to get myself through it first. Now I'm ready to help others to do the same and show them that you can be whole and healthy again—even better—after going through something like this.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 08, 2012
"Miracles do happen," says Alyssa Phillips in a February More Magazine feature entitled "Against All Odds". And she should know. At only 31 years old and only weeks after running her best time in a half-marathon, Alyssa transformed a less than five percent chance of survival from a rare type of cervical cancer—with less than 65 cases ever documented—into a beautiful new beginning. At the time of her first symptom, her doctors informed her she was already in Stage IVB of the disease with multiple metastases in her liver. What followed was a dizzying blur of a radical robotic hysterectomy—with no children of her own—multiple rounds of high dose chemotherapy, two back-to-back bone marrow transplants five weeks apart and almost a year of house isolation. And even though Alyssa was no stranger to tragedy with the sudden death of her younger sister just a decade before, this long-time runner faced her toughest challenge yet as she faced her own mortality and such overwhelming odds. But in doing so, Alyssa discovered the grit, grace, determination and faith required to turn her impossible situation around.
Today Alyssa is happier and healthier than ever before and reaching out to help others by sharing her story, the tools she used and the most precious gift of all...hope.
Alyssa was determined to be better and even stronger for what she had gone through and she was running sprints at a local track only a few months after her last bone marrow transplant. And then, just shy of the two-year anniversary of the end of her treatments, she was the first female finisher in a road race supporting the National Marrow Donor Program, holding her husband's hand as she crossed the finish line.
"This has always been bigger than me. I just had to get myself through it first. Now I'm ready to help others to do the same and show them that you can be whole and healthy again—even better—after going through something like this."
To read Alyssa's "Against All Odds" feature in More Magazine, click here.