Emily Donaldson, a professional dressage rider and trainer based in Oxford, did not allow her breast cancer diagnosis to prevent her first participation in the Dressage at Devon, according to The Chronicle of the Horse.
Donaldson learned about her diagnosis on Aug. 17, a little more than a month before the competition.
“My immediate response to the doctor was ‘What do we do?’” she wrote in her blog post. “And that was promptly followed by, ‘I have a big competition next month that I’ve been waiting my entire life to attend, so I need to do surgery around that.’”
From there, Donaldson was referred to an oncologist, who moved as quickly as she could to book the surgery for Sept. 1. By Sept. 8, Donaldson was riding again. And despite having to undergo weeks of chemo, both she and her horse Audi took their opportunity to perform in the Dressage at Devon.
Read more about Emily Donaldson’s journey in The Chronicle of the Horse here.