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Reflections 9.21.10

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

When I opened the mail yesterday, there was an envelope with a card. The card was my registration card to NMDP. I will explain.

Many of you know I am involved with the leukemia and lymphoma society’s team in training program. The program is one of the fundraising arms of the society, and I have often thought, I should be registered as a marrow donor.

In May of this year, some of you know, I was in California for a triathlon. At the expo there was a team who had teamed up with the NMDP or National Marrow Donor Program to get participants to register. Ah-ha, this was meant to be. A form to be filled in and a swab on the inside of my mouth – and guess what I was registered.

In the mail yesterday – I now have proof of registration.

Last week I sent a former patient of mine an email wishing her a happy birthday. She responded to me “I am not doing anything specific for my birthday because every day is a day to celebrate”. She is a vibrant and amazing woman, mother of two teenagers, works, and is a PhD student. She is also a person who has been treated for a non-Hogdkin’s lymphoma which includes a bone marrow transplant. Someone else did something for her. It happens to be her sister, but it could have been me, or it could have been you.

You should consider contacting the NMDP to see how you can register to become a bone marrow donor. If donating bone marrow sounds too scary, consider donating blood. People with cancer in general, and blood cancers in particular, are in need healthy people such as you and I to donate blood (assuming you meet the criteria).

So my friend - be the match

For more information about NMDP www.marrow.org

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 9/22/2010 11:41PM

    I've been on the registry for several years. I am an organ donor and a platelet donor. I have also been a direct WBC donor a few times - that is really an awesome feeling!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/22/2010 5:25AM

    Jan you are a true inspiration to me. You are involved in so many noble causes.

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CHERYLD02 9/21/2010 11:21PM

    I am going to look into that.

Donate blood on a regular basis and am organ donor. What's one more donation if it helps another human being.



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BOBBYD31 9/21/2010 9:33PM

    awesome blog jan. blood donor since college and an organ donor since 92

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DDOORN 9/21/2010 9:17PM

    Big decision for a big cause...will definitely look into this Jan!

Don

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LAURIE5658 9/21/2010 8:36PM

    Yep, already registered! I am ready, willing and very able!! Awesome reminder, Jan!

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B-N-ME 9/21/2010 8:12PM

    Great blog! I stopped in at the blood donor clinic just 2 weeks ago! We can never give enough!

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IRISHLASS117 9/21/2010 8:08PM

    I've been on the registry for ten years and would consider it an honor to be matched. Spread the word, Be The Match!

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It is show time.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I am approaching my planned Marathon in Columbus on October 17, 2010, raising money for the leukemia and lymphoma society. I just have a few things I need to in preparation for this event ... next weekend a 20 mile run, however I am running the Akron marathon as a training run. I am planning to run with one of the pace runners at a lower pace than my marathon pace - so I don't get in trouble.

The following weekend (first weekend in October) I will be doing a metric century in the wine country of NE Ohio on Saturday and a 34 mile ride on Sunday .. then it is time to taper.

Will be driving to Columbus on Saturday. Hopefully get to see some of my Spark friends there and then have a nice dinner with the team ... and Sunday - bring on the 26.2.....

Then it is time to plan the winter training - remember periodization - you can't train with the same intensity all year around - unless you want to overtrain, or make yourself prone to injuries....

  
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AMCG2002 9/22/2010 12:20AM

    Looking forward to seeing you next month! I'm sorry, when did you say you are going to taper?! LOL I've read about periodization, just can't quite figure out how I'm going to make it work for me now, especially with the races I have planned. Have fun this weekend!

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/19/2010 9:44PM

    You are amazing, Jan!

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ETTEZEUS 9/19/2010 7:08PM

    A marathon training run.....love it!

How far away are you from Toledo?

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CALIDREAMER76 9/18/2010 10:30PM

    You are amazing Jan, I was going to come out to Columbus - but didn't see a 5K event. See you at Just a Short Run in March!
Best wishes for great runs.

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BOBBYD31 9/18/2010 9:45PM

    confused???? nov 17th or oct 17th? how many sparker will be there?
you are amazing keep rocking it out and stay safe.

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BILLALEX70 9/18/2010 9:24PM

    Can't wait to meet up again. I'm hoping that this time I'll cross the finish line first of course I'll be running half your distance.

See you in a month!

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LAURIE5658 9/18/2010 9:07PM

    Jan, you are amazing!! I seriously want to be just like you when I grow up!

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DDOORN 9/18/2010 8:12PM

    Can't tell you HOW many times I read of your endeavors and come away with my jaw hanging open...!

Just WOW!

Don

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B-N-ME 9/18/2010 6:37PM

    And you are how old?? Amazing man, never slows down, never stops giving to others! emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/18/2010 3:36PM

    Have a great training race! 26.2 is always so much easier with people around you.

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RENA1965 9/18/2010 3:06PM

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/18/2010 2:39PM

    Awesome Jan - I can't wait to hear about races and rides.

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Spokes of Hope got under way last night

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Dear friends - spokes of hope stared in Indianapolis last night You can either look at their website spokesofhope.org or follow the progress on the blog spokesofhope.blogspot.com/

Tomorrow the 'caravan' will be in Columbus at the James Cancer Center and the Zangmeister Center. Then on to Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

  
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DAVEINSEOUL 9/10/2010 2:52AM

    Have a good time. I'll try and follow the progress on their blog.

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TTLEELEE 9/9/2010 11:11PM

    emoticon Booooooyaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!

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LAURIE5658 9/9/2010 11:44AM

    Duplicate.

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LAURIE5658 9/9/2010 11:44AM

    This is so awesome and I will be following along. THANK YOU, Jan.

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IRISHLASS117 9/9/2010 10:59AM

    Most excellent Warrior!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/9/2010 8:45AM

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DDOORN 9/9/2010 6:36AM

    SPARK ON, JAN! :-)

Don

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/9/2010 3:22AM

    What an awesome idea!

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ETTEZEUS 9/9/2010 1:34AM

    Have fun!

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L3DESIGNS 9/9/2010 1:24AM

    Have a great time!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/9/2010 12:49AM

    Have a great ride!
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DREMARGRL 9/8/2010 11:40PM

    Have a great run....a great time.....great friend!!!!!!!!!! You are emoticon!!!!!!!! RAWWWWK IT!
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OROC

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Today was OROC, a 5k run downtown Cleveland (OROC = outrun ovarian cancer). Before I go any further, I want to tell you - the entire run today was dedicated to one of my spark friends (who shall remain nameless) and to her aunt who lost her battle this week to leukemia.

For me the event started a little distance from the run, when I parked my car and ran to the event. OROC is a relatively small event and I ran into fellow sparker Cheryl and her daughter. I ran into two of my fellow nurse practitioner colleagues who both work in gynecology-oncology, and at the start line I ran into two of the coaches for Team in Training. - Shortly after we started - someone tapped me on my shoulder it was one of our MD's who ran with his daughter. Well they continued to run a little ahead of me - for about half mile, and for some reason they kinda fell back - could not be me that ran faster LOL.

I blasted the course in the fastest time so far PR - I saw 27 min something. :-)

I ran into the MD (who had experienced cramps) - my two colleagues, the fellow sparker and her daughter. Got some water - a banana (resisted the cookie they offered), and got on my way back to the car.

Returning to the car - I reviewed the Garmin - I had clocked about 10 miles of running at an avg pace of 9.46. Not sure the Garmin is right - I did not feel I ran that fast.

ADDENDUM:
27:06.8 (chip time)
8:45/Mile (pace)

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 9/5/2010 6:27PM

    Your "just" runs amaze me! OH man, I've got some workouts to do!!! I admire your commitment to run for a cause. Perhaps time for me to do the same :)

Diane

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MIAMIA7 9/1/2010 9:04PM

    Jan-just found this blog. Nice race and time. But especially nice on the cause. Bobby and I always run a 5K in June for cancer. Unfortunately I keep having to add more names to my bib who I am running for. Great race!
Anne

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SEEHOLZ 8/30/2010 1:39PM

    Awesome job Jan!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/29/2010 10:41AM

    Awesome job Jan.

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LAURIE5658 8/28/2010 11:06PM

    Jan, having lost my mom to cancer I am so proud to call you my friend as you are so special running thhese races in honor of cancer victims. You are indeed such a special individual that does noble work every day. You rocked this race and I admire your athletic abilities so much. THANK YOU so much for always being there for me.

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DDOORN 8/28/2010 10:45PM

    Great cause, great time...what a DAY! Woo hoo! :-)

Don

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BILLALEX70 8/28/2010 8:59PM

    Time be d@med; you were out there for a great cause.

Right now I can only dream of a sub-30 5K, but some day I'll get there.

See you in October; if not before.

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DEBBIEDAY 8/28/2010 3:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great time!!! Nice seeing so many people you know out there as well!

Hate to 'jinx' it but this morning on my 3 miles it 'almost' felt like Fall might be planning on coming to Georgia....LOL!!!



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ANGIEBILL 8/28/2010 3:12PM

    Way to Go Jan! You are a wonderful inspiration to us all! Keep on running!

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/28/2010 12:33PM

    That's great, Jan!
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IRISHLASS117 8/28/2010 11:56AM

    Bravo Warrior! You must have had angel wings pushing you along!

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CHERYLD02 8/28/2010 11:52AM

    Jan, you did great! You are awesome! I appreciate all your support at the race and finish line! You ran 27 something! That's huge considering you ran 3 miles from your car to the race! Great Job!

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Spokes of Hope

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Over the past year, you have heard me refer to Spokes of hope. This week the website went live kenhart.com/cancer/SOH/

Spokes of hope is a series of events which combined makes bikerides across the country with the message cancer is not contageous - hope is. The message ultimately will go to Capitol Hill in DC to ensure our lawmakers maintain cancer as an agenda item.... it also unite cancer patients, as the 95 of the participants are cancer survivors and give hope ...

The website kenhart.com/cancer/SOH/ is not complete yet, but you will find a lot of information. Should you be in one of the areas where they visit - let me know.

  
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IRISHLASS117 8/22/2010 7:51AM

    Thanks for spreading the word and spreading the hope Warrior!

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DDOORN 8/21/2010 9:38PM

    The Spokes are quite fortunate to have an ambassador such as yourself out there...!

Always wonderful to hear of your charitable efforts Jan!

Don

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