Jensen continues her marathon
By Michael Tidemann Staff Writer
For Amy Jensen, it seems, the race against cancer is long from over.
Last summer Jensen had her leg amputated after she was found to have bone cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, the high-school standout runner thought her race was run.
Then this spring during a checkup, spots were found on her lung.
Since mid-April, she has undergone chemotherapy every two weeks. Every third weeks, she goes to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., for six days. She’ll soon have another checkup.
So how does Amy, one of the honorary cancer survivors for the 2008 Emmet County Relay for Life, feel these days?
“I’m good,” Amy said, putting forth her usual positive self. In addition to her chemotherapy, she’s had two blood transfusions and the second time a blood platelet treatment.
Despite what would be a major setback for anyone, Amy, 17, is on track to finish her school work for her junior year in the next week or so. She’ll miss her first week or two of school this fall as she continues her chemotherapy treatments, but then she’ll rejoin her classmates.
“I get very, very tired,” Amy admitted of her chemotherapy treatments.
After her chemotherapy is over though and she can run again, she’ll go to New York in November where A Step Ahead is buying her a running prosthesis so she can run again.
Amy’s marathon against cancer has put her in Runner’s World magazine twice and on the cover of Womeninc magazine, and for good reason. The determination and stamina that she learned in competitive running are now helping her run the hardest race of her life.
But when you look into her eyes, you know she can see the finish line.