Sindy Hooper, 50, is battling pancreatic cancer. Having already had half of her pancreas, half of her stomach and her gallbladder removed, her chance of living more than five years is just 10 per cent.
"I thought, how is this possible? I'm in the best shape of my life…It was just a huge blow," Hooper said of first learning about her diagnosis.
However, the diagnosis isn't stopping the Ottawa mother of two from training for her second Ironman triathlon.
"It was a reminder for me that life can be short," she told Metro News. "This became such a big dream for me."
"It's just inspiring, just seeing the desire to be out there," Hooper's friend Sharon Kozicki told CBC News.
Last year, she completed the intimidating race — an Ironman consists a 4-kilometre swim, 180-kilometre bike ride and a full 42.2-kilometre marathon — in 11 hours and 38 minutes.
"My goal now is to train for Ironman Canada, having as much fun as I can, while raising awareness about pancreatic cancer, and raising money to supportRead More »from Ottawa mother Sindy Hooper trains for Ironman while undergoing chemo