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McPartlin Shares Her Cancer Journey

October 6th, 2015
Allana McPartlin met her Welch Cob filly, Emi, while she was fighting cancer.

Allana McPartlin met her Welsh Cob filly, Emi.

Alanna McPartlin, office manager in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is three years into her recovery from breast cancer. She was diagnosed at the young age of twenty-four and wrote about the difficult journey on her blog, because she wanted to be a voice of encouragement and support to other people dealing with cancer.

“Some experiences in life are difficult but you just have to keep marching through,” she says, “There are days when you don’t think you can go on, but you continue to put one foot in front of the other, and eventually you end up on the other side. Although I hope cancer is an experience I never have to go through again, I made it!”

Happily, Alanna is now feeling good and blogging about equestrian pursuits and her bay ponies, Emi, Roz, and Benny. One of the many things she learned from this experience: “Enjoy every precious moment you are given… that’s what I’m trying to do!”

Recently, Sidelines Magazine featured the story of Alanna’s battle with cancer and how ‘equestrian therapy’ helped her.

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