For those I’ve never met, my name is Josh Lite and I’m a 34 year old NYC resident who recently faced the biggest challenge of my life.
One year ago I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and the following six months were the toughest battle of my life as I went through a very difficult and challenging treatment. It tested not only my physical, but mental strength as well. I have been an avid runner for many years and during that time have helped to raise funds for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Team in Training (TNT) to fight blood cancer. 13 days after my diagnosis, I ran the 2012 NYC Half Marathon, and less than 24 hours later began my chemotherapy treatments. A few weeks ago I received my six-month post treatment all-clear scan, which coincidentally was exactly one year to the day of my diagnosis, and to celebrate this milestone I ran the 2013 NYC Half Marathon.
Life is about hiccups, which is why I’ve titled this experience “Life Hiccup”. There are times where we hit unavoidable bumps in the road, but it is all about how we deal with them, how we stay positive and how we do our best to make the juice worth the squeeze (name that movie). For some, we face these challenges early in life, mid-life or late in life. In the end it doesn’t matter when we face them, but rather how we get past our hiccups.
I hope you enjoy reading about my experience and I hope it can serve as a place of inspiration.