Against the Wind

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - JEN­NIFER FARAONE

Lee Dipi­etro Sky­horse Pub­lish­ing 2015

“So I hear you are quite an ac­com­plished run­ner and triath­lete?” Ini­tially taken aback by the sur­geon’s words, Lee Dipi­etro would soon come to un­der­stand the pur­pose of the ques­tion: the dis­ci­pline and tenac­ity that led her to be­come one of the coun­try’s top-ranked ath­letes would help her and her fam­ily per­se­vere through the most chal­leng­ing year of their life.

Dipi­etro joined the ranks of pro­fes­sional ath­letes rel­a­tively late in life, of­ten toe­ing the start line amongst fe­male com­peti­tors nearly half her age. What be­gan as a pas­sion for long-dis­tance run­ning even­tu­ally led her to triathlons, in­clud­ing a sixth-place fin­ish at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship in Kona. Shortly af­ter hang­ing up her rac­ing shoes, Dipi­etro en­coun­tered a har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that no mother ought to face: as her can­cer-striken hus­band was about to go un­der the knife to have his tu­mour re­moved, her son suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing ac­ci­dent re­quir­ing life-sav­ing surgery in a city hun­dreds of miles away. All of this oc­curred while she was still griev­ing her sis­ter’s sui­cide a few months prior. For the fol­low­ing months, Dipi­etro del­i­cately bal­anced the roles of wife, mother and nurse while trav­el­ling be­tween cities to pro­vide sup­port and courage through­out the count­less surg­eries and chemo­ther­apy ses­sions. Dur­ing this or­deal, Dipi­etro re­lied heav­ily on her daily runs to keep her fo­cused and to pro­vide the nec­es­sary strength and stamina.

Against the Wind is a pow­er­ful mem­oir that de­picts Dipi­etro’s strength, ded­i­ca­tion and re­silience to ad­ver­sity, and can be an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers whose lives have been af­fected by can­cer.–

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