Woman beats breast cancer to compete in Ironman

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by KREM.com / JOHN LANGELER

KREM.com

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 10:24 AM

COEUR D'ALENE -- For a Post Falls woman, Sunday's Ironman triathlon in Coeur d'Alene is the final chapter to what she calls a storybook ending.

Kim Campbell is a breast cancer survivor.

"I'm alive, it's not coming back," she says.

Campbell registered for her first Ironman in 2007, and after that she says she was hooked.

With 30 minutes to spare, Campbell finished that race. But the exhaustion of that day didn't compare with the devastation she felt soon after.

"I did that race and 4 months later was diagnosed with cancer," says Campbell, just three days before her 30th birthday.

Campbell says the diagnosis was surreal.

"When I went into treatment, I think that was the moment when I went, 'Wait a second, this is happening.' "

Campbell underwent surgery and chemotherapy, all while completing her Master's Degree.

Two years later, Campbell's cancer is in remission. Now she's back, competing again in the Ironman race.

"What a better way to end that journey," says Campbell, "for me to shut the door on something and put that behind me."

Campbell hopes other women with breast cancer can be inspired by her recovery. She hopes to finish Sunday's race by 10:00 p.m.

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