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Personal trainer at Morrison YMCA shares her pancreatic cancer survival story


We are using this page on to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer and to put local faces to a disease that doesn’t get a lot of attention.

Lynne Holcomb, who is a wife and a mother of two, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a year and a half ago. For 25 years, Holcomb worked as a personal trainer and most recently worked at the Morrison YMCA on Bryant Farms Road in Ballantyne.

Holcomb has kept her body in great physical condition as she waged war on this illness as part of her clinical trials. What might have been her best medicine during this entire journey, was a combination of her faith and her unrelenting positive attitude!

"Well it’s a choice I can either go down or go up. It’s a choice I get up every day, thank God every day, thank you that you gave me this day, thank you that I'm here, thank you for my health, thank you for healing," Holcomb said. "I feel better, it's good for you. It’s good for you. I tell people don’t sympathize with me it makes me weak, pray for me it makes me strong. I want be strong. I don’t want to be weak, if I can help it and I can every day. I want to be strong."

Holcomb's daughter noticed her eyes were a strange color one day and others then recommended her to go see a doctor. 

 “I was at a tailgate for the ACC championship, go TIGERS, and my daughter looked and me and she goes, 'your eyes are yellow,'" Holcomb said. "Well that’s funny, and she just happened to be with a bunch of medical students who were there at our tailgate. They looked and said 'you might want to go get that checked out.' And so, we took off."

That's when Holcomb was diagnosed with cancer. 

"When I got the diagnosis, not even the diagnosis in the emergency room when they said you have a tumor on your pancreas and a couple on your liver, I just remember hearing this voice saying, 'you didn’t see that coming did ya, but I got this,' and I know it was God," she said. "I know he was right there with me, holding my hand the whole way and he has been there when I start getting down...he’s picking me up."

She remembers and lives by the words her nurse gave her.

 “She took me by my shoulders and she looked at me and she goes, 'Lynne, the doctors diagnose but that’s not the reality, the reality has to do with your attitude,' and when she said that I kind of shook my head and said 'I can do that I can have a good attitude,'" Holcomb said. "I can be healthy. It gave me control over my situation like I can do something. I can pray, I can do what God says, I can be cheerful! ”

One doctor told Holcomb that she has been fighting her whole life. 

“I had a doctor tell me, because he was talking about what I did for a living, and he said you were training for the cancer you didn’t have yet," Holcomb said. 

Holcomb is currently partaking in clinical trials which have been successful. 

"Right now, I’m doing a brand new phase one clinical trial, immunotherapy, and it’s working. My tumors have reduced 48 percent," Holcomb said. 

She says she enjoys participating in PurpleStride and thinks the entire experience has been positive. 

“It’s fun you get together. You get to do something positive and raise money for research for pancreatic cancer," Holcomb said. "I call it the stepchild of cancers because so many people just ignore it, or they don’t know about it or it’s so dramatic they just they don’t think they can anything and they can. Plus, it’s just a good fun time.”

We hope you’ll join the WBTVandMe team for PurpleStride 2017. The event is Saturday, September 9 at First Ward Park. You don’t have to be directly touched by pancreatic cancer to join us. We, as a community, are trying to help support those fighting the disease. We want to raise people’s consciousness about a disease that has taken its toll on families. We want to help find a cure!

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