Friday, September 27, 2013
Today, it has been exactly 32 years since I lost my mother to Hodgkin's Disease and Leukemia. She battled it for what seemed like almost all of my 13 years of life and I was her sidekick for many appointments--radiation/chemot
herapy/lab visits/doctor's visit/hospital stays...and, of course, the hours/days/weeks/months spent in bed at home too (great memories of her, my brother, and I all playing cards on what seemed then like her HUGE king-sized bed).
A few years ago, I started walking for exercise and that lead eventually to doing a 5k (using the Fleet Feet No Boundaries program). This lead eventually to the eight (going on 9) half-marathons that I've completed. A recent goal is to run in all 50 states before I turn 50 (I've done 22).
I'm 45 years old--the same age as my mother when she died after her battle with the big "C". After much contemplation, I believe I've reached a decision to do something this year that I've never done before--train for a full marathon. Yes, 26.2 miles. Yes, I'm crazy. So....if I'm going to put out that kind of training time commitment, I feel like I want to do something to honor my mother--I'll be joining Team In Training and raising money to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society--they fund blood cancer research, education and patient services. I'll update you more later as I will need your financial support to reach my goal. If my Mom could go through all that she did--I can certainly do this.
A side benefit is that the marathon I will be participating in covers three of the remaining states that I need for my "bucket list" goal to run in all the states.
For now, please pray for those with cancer everywhere and, of course, their families who suffer too.