Ohio State Swimmer Back In The Water After Fight With Bone Cancer


UPDATED: Wednesday October 26, 2011 7:37 PM

An athlete shared her story of strength and perseverance in the face of cancer on Wednesday.

World-class synchronized swimmer Meghan Kinney said she dreamed of the day when she would return to the water, 10TV's Andrea Cambern reported.

Nearly one year earlier, Kinney said she was diagnosed with Osteo-Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

"That feeling, I know it's going to feel like home again, right when I get in," said Kinney.

The diagnosis sidelined her life in the water at the height of her career, Cambern reported.

"My whole priority, my whole goal is to go to the Olympics and swim in the Olympics and at that moment it just didn't matter anymore," said Kinney.

Kinney underwent major surgery to remove the cancer, including a complete knee replacement and seven months of debilitating chemotherapy treatments, Cambern reported.

"My treatment for cancer was my biggest focus," said Kinney. "Now that that's behind me I can just focus on getting back to do what I love to do."

Kinney said her fiancé, John Avrett, was by her side every step of the way.

Including the day Kinney got back in the water, Cambern reported.

"She was never Meghan the synchronized swimmer to me," said Avrett. "She was just Meghan the girl I love and the girl I'm going to marry. So for me to see her back in her environment is a really awesome experience."

Kinney said she is ready for the next chapter of her life.

"This day represents all the hard work I've done in the last year and everything I've had to overcome," said Kinney. "Kind of like a new beginning, a fresh start in this new life of mine, I couldn't be happier."

Kinney and Avrett are one of ten couples in the running for a fantasy wedding through the "Salute To Love" on line contest. 

The contest features the stories of engaged servicemen and women, and encourages visitors to the site to vote for the most deserving couple. Avrett serves in the Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.

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