Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 6, 2013
Trish Trujillo ran the very first Komen Austin Race for the Cure 15 years ago.
She ran for her mother, who had died of breast cancer at the age of 48. And she ran simply because she loved to run.
Trujillo, 45, has run every Race for the Cure in Austin since. But last year, things changed. She ran the race not only in honor of her mother, but as a survivor, too. She’d been diagnosed with breast cancer herself.
She had surgery to remove the tumor and her ovaries, but elected not to have chemotherapy or radiation. Instead, she chose a radical lifestyle change.
"Overnight I went to 100 percent vegan and mostly raw vegan, and I eliminated processed food from my diet," she says. At the same time, she kept up the regular exercise she already did.
She lost 30 pounds. Her migraine headaches went away. Her allergies disappeared. "It’s amazing how quickly you learn to adapt," she says of her new eating habits.
She’s adapted recipes and come up with substitutes for foods she once craved so she doesn’t feel like she’s missing out on anything. And if you think this eating plan sounds inconvenient, and nearly impossible to sustain at a restaurant (yes, she occasionally indulges when she’s out with friends), you’re right.
But for Trujillo, that’s OK.
"I think of food as part of my treatment," she says.
This year Trujillo is one of Komen Austin’s FAB 15 - a group of breast cancer survivors designated in honor of the 15th annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure.
She’ll run alongside friends, co-workers and family members in the race Nov. 10. And she’s looking forward to the same overwhelming feeling of gratitude and support she felt when she crossed the finish line last year and mingled in the survivors tent.
"It’s always meant something because of my mom, but when you’re running for your mom and yourself it has a whole different feeling," she says.
Trujillo is blogging about her experience at http://2livewell.wordpress.com/about/.
For more information or to register, go to http://www.komenaustin.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. on Congress Avenue just north of the Capitol.