When life threw Michele Prieve Wilkinson a curveball with a breast cancer diagnosis, she chose positivity. A survivor in more ways than one, she just completed her second Ironman Wisconsin competition last month. Wilkinson, who is gracing the cover of Brava magazine this month, participated in her first Ironman just 10 months after finishing cancer treatment.
When Wilkinson found a lump in her breast, she expected it to be benign. When she instead received the call that she had cancer in September 2008, she was determined to fight it on her terms. She resolved to turn her diagnosis into a launchpad for positive changes in her life, and began racking up accomplishments she never dreamed possible. Her choice to find humor and hope in life’s darkest moments carried her through difficult treatments and even several marathons. Instead of making the anniversary of her diagnosis a grim reminder of tough times, she chose to dub it her “Canciversary” as a celebration. Keep reading »