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In 2017, some of Dylan Davison’s relatives started getting diagnosed with hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC), an inherited form of cancer where there is no solid tumor, but a buildup of cancer cells underneath the stomach lining. That’s when he decided to get genetic testing.
According to Runner’s World, an online site that features running news, training advice, inspiring stories, running shoe reviews, gear tips, and more, Davison’s family was informed that the genetic mutation in them gives them a 70 percent chance of getting stomach cancer. He was given two options. First, do nothing and risk getting cancer, or have his stomach removed as a preventive measure. “I was in disbelief. I couldn’t even tell my wife at first. I just blurted it out during a conversation one day.”
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Davison thought about his condition. He researched and connected with doctors and patients through an organization that focuses on stomach cancer called No Stomach For Cancer. He decided to undergo the surgery after he competed in his first Ironman 70.3, one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), in North Carolina.
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In January 2018, Davison underwent a gastrectomy in which the surgeon removed his stomach completely and reattached the esophagus to the small intestine. The operation was a success but he had to experience a lot of changes. One of them was eating. Davison had to over chew everything he ate while his body started to react to food differently. “You really have to watch portion sizes because you don’t have the expansion your stomach was capable of. But some foods do make you sick. I used to love lamb and steak and lots of meat, but when you chew lean meats like lamb, you have to break it down so much that it becomes a not-as-tasty taste anymore,” he said.
Eventually, Davison recovered. He can now do sprint triathlons, 5Ks, and 10Ks. Thus, he decided to join Ironman 70.3 Florida in Haines City.