As she crossed the finish line of the Half Marathon yesterday this Gold Coast mum could no longer contain her emotion. Here's her incredible tale of resilience.

On Saturday night the 25-year-old lost her uncle to cancer, five years after surviving her own battle with the disease.

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Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at just 19 years old, she was told it had covered her chest, lungs, throat and pancreas.

With her trachea swollen to "the size of a popper straw", she was given just two hours to live.

"I was put into an induced coma and they operated to put a titanium stent in my trachea, so I was able to continue my treatment on from there," she said.

"I had eight or nine months of chemotherapy, I went back to work almost nine months later. It was a fairly quick recovery process.

"I was back working, I was doing my day to day stuff, but it took a while because going from being in a hospital bed every day and not seeing anybody to being shoved back into society and told you're all good, it does take a while to adapt."

Now five years on from her ordeal Tarhynee said she's committed to doing all she can to raise funds for cancer research. Last year she took on the Half Marathon for the first time with no training.

"Last year was the first time I'd ever actually heard of the Gold Coast Marathon," she said.

"This year I was a little more prepared. It was something I thought I'd only do once but I think any opportunity to raise money for a great organisation and help others suffering is good."

Competitors in the Gold Coast Marathon. Photograph : Jason O'Brien
Competitors in the Gold Coast Marathon. Photograph : Jason O'Brien

But just hours before starting her run for Cancer Council she was given heartbreaking news - her uncle Vernon Masso had lost his battle with throat cancer.

He left behind a wife and children.

She said as she crossed the finish line it was not only that loss, but the reality of just how far she's come from that hospital bed which really hit her.

"Crossing that finish line today it made me feel a little bit like a superhero, as cheesy as that sounds," she said.

"Just knowing I was able to do something on someone else's behalf, so we can continue to do research, it's an indescribable feeling.

"Memories flow back and you just get to think of how far you've come, from being in a wheelchair and having physiotherapy to now running marathons. It's something I'd never thought I would do."

Competitors in the Gold Coast Marathon. Photograph : Jason O'Brien
Competitors in the Gold Coast Marathon. Photograph : Jason O'Brien


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