MOST people squeeze a quick gym session in before or after a day of work, but Sue Kingsley (51) spent 11 hours at Jetts Beechboro cycling between a day of chemotherapy and four days of work.
The Beechboro resident underwent a mastectomy and was cancer free for three years after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, but received a secondary diagnosis in 2013 when the disease spread to her blood, liver and bones.
Her cycle marathon was a fundraiser and prelude to strapping on her helmet to take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer event next month.
The Eastern Reporter spoke with Ms Kingsley last Tuesday in the sixth hour of her 11-hour session.
“I am feeling good, a little bit tired and have a bit of a headache but I’m good,” she said.
“My fitness level is reasonable, I train around chemotherapy; I have just gone back on (having chemo) once a week.”
Ms Kingsley said her gym friends were like family.
“Friends at the gym have been awesome; it’s like walking into a family, you get kisses and hugs,” she said.
“You get some new friends out of it (cancer), people who have been touched by cancer, and you lose friends sadly.
“Some people get scared, you feel like walking around with a T-shirt that says ‘I have cancer, I am not cancer’.”
After the challenge, Ms Kingsley was back at work at the ambulance operation centre in Belmont.
She raised more than $2500, which will go to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.