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Reflections 9.23.10

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last year I met one of my colleagues somewhere where I did not expect her. Although she is an oncology nurse in my hospital, she was in street clothes in the outpatient cancer center. I asked her what she was doing there and she told me that her son Chris was there for treatment.

I got to meet Chris. He was 26 at the time. Newly diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma - getting his first chemo. In addition to his mom and his wife, he had several of his friends there. We got to talk and it happened to be a week before the Cleveland marathon we got to talk about that. When he found out that this loudmouth was running the Ceveland marathon, he made a comment that one day he wanted to run a marathon. He had been a runner in college, and running a marathon was something he always wanted to do.

Chris and I got to know each other better, and when we had the kick off event for the 2009 Cleveland marathon - who was there but Chris. He has signed up for the Cleveland marathon with Team in Training to raise money for the leukemia and lymphoma society.

He trained and trained and trained .... and on race day - he was at the starting line. Ready to rock and run the Cleveland marathon. (I was running the half - as a non fundraising team in training alumni Two weeks prior I completed the half ironman distance and raised more than 9k for the society).

I finished my half - and once I had escorted my DW across the finish line (she walked the HM)... I went out on the course to meet Chris. I met him about a mile before the finish, and got to run in with him and his brother and one of the TNT coaches. Chris was having a rough time, but he crossed the finish line in style... one year and one week after his first cancer treatment.

I am writing this to you because Chris is a role model for all of us. Can you imagine - you have to change your entire life - including wedding date - because you are diagnosed with cancer.
I did not tell you - within hours of getting married - He was receiving his first chemo.

Oh, did I also tell you - he was back on the basketball court even before his treatment was done.

Chris was also the guy who called a couple of months ago and started talking about running the Columbus marathon (I am running the full - he is running the half)

Chris says - having cancer have taught me a lot. My friend, Chris' story can teach you and I a lot. It is about focusing, preserverence, having goals and reaching your goals. If you want to have a healthy life style ... it is about focusing, preservence, and goal setting, keeping in mind healthy lifestyle is not only about losing weight.

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 9/24/2010 12:14AM

    Thanks for sharing such a great story!

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DREMARGRL 9/23/2010 3:35PM

    You know I love your reflections and your love for people! What more can I say, except that you are a warrior and inspiring man. Chris was encouraged by you, I'm sure, and that is a treasured friend. Cancer does change ones life...Whether you have it or are a caregiver, it can be a positive in so many ways.
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B-N-ME 9/23/2010 2:38PM

    Wonderful story, truly an inspiration.
Thanks for sharing.

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2WHEELER 9/23/2010 12:43PM

    Great blog. I hope he's still running years and years from now.

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CHERYLD02 9/23/2010 12:38PM

    Very insparational story. Thank you for sharing.

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LILPAT3 9/23/2010 12:16PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/23/2010 10:34AM

    So true! Believe in yourself and go for it.
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LAURIE5658 9/23/2010 9:39AM

    What a wonderful wonderful story. THANK YOU!

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RUNSWITHDEER 9/23/2010 9:28AM

    Thanks for the post. Cancer seems to be the prevalent diagnoses in many close friends and family lately. Exercise and healthy eating seem to combat its reign. May your new friend Chris have a long life!!!!!!!

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BECKA525 9/23/2010 8:56AM

    Thanks for sharing. God has put these stories in front of me today to get my motivation going again. I was going to blow off my workout today but I don't think so anymore. I truly want to be the healthiest that I can be and that means I have to exercise most days to do that.

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PAMINHALF 9/23/2010 7:51AM

  Thank you for sharing this. Very touching.

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JEM0622 9/23/2010 7:23AM

    What a tremendous and touching story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 9/23/2010 7:05AM

    Jan - you meet so many inspirational people. Thank you for passing this story along to us. It makes my problems seem so small.

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IRISHLASS117 9/23/2010 6:37AM

    Thank you for sharing Chris with us Warrior. Your Warrior Team is growning!

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BILLALEX70 9/23/2010 6:32AM

    So very true.

Live each day to its fullest!

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KRAFTIJAN 9/23/2010 6:30AM

    Thanks for your story. One of my niece's has just been diaognosed with Hodgkins. She starts her treatment this week.. It give me lots of extra hope for her. The family knows she has the right attitude to face this demon so I know in the end she will be like your friend Chris.
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Reflections 9.22.10

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In her status SP_COACH_NANCY wrote "wonders why so many of us, me included, put so much emphasis on the number on the scale, when we should be focused on the numbers that detemine our health! SparkPeople and Running equals health! "

Coach you bring up an excellent point. Why are we so focused on the scale when there are so many other indicators of healthy living and behaviors. I think we have created the wrong impression when people frequently feel they have failed by not losing weight every single week, or if their weight goes up one or two lbs.

I have spent a lot of time looking at peoples personal pages. It is very interesting reading, and I feel many should take a step back and look at 'what do I want to accomplish'? Perhaps they should adjust the goals to things that are more achievable and then adjust the goals as they go along. Losing 4 lbs over x-time is a lot more manageable than losing 40 lbs in the same time period.

In my readings I have also found an incredible number of people who are not slowing down despite injuries, but that is for another reflection.



  
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LILPAT3 9/23/2010 12:28PM

    I lost a bunch of weight and I had soooooo much loose skin. I started lifting again, took care of the loose skin problem but gained muscle weight. I still have some weight to lose but I do not weigh very often and use the way I feel and the way my clothes fit to determine what my next move will be. I may be destined to compete in triathlon as an Athena the rest of my life....but I can deal with that! emoticon

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BILLALEX70 9/23/2010 6:02AM

    I thought that Coach Nancy's reflection was very interesting as well.

As you know I've been struggling with the scale numbers, but all of my other numbers are good; triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose and all of the others. I've not let the scale dictate what I can or cannot do; nor do I plan to let it. Eventually the scale will start to drop again and that will only make me more of a force to be reckoned with.

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DRPOOH63 9/22/2010 10:06PM

    Very interesting - I think the same thing when I read many of these blogs. Focus is on the scale not the health. I do wonder if there is a fear when you get injured that all the hard work you have accomplished will go away. That by stepping back and healing that you will undo everything so far -- too easy to fall back into old patterns.....


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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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