What I learned...
I am completely humbled by the generosity of my family and friends for helping me during the week following my surgery. My biggest restriction was that I couldn't lift more than 10 pounds for 7-10 days. I have a 3 year old and an 18 month old....pretty sure having them around would have been IMPOSSIBLE. One of my oldest and dearest friends took them overnight for a sleepover...and then they went straight to my parents for the next day and a half. My girl Morgan spent a day with them and took them to a local childrens museum, and Jessie (who watches them three days a week) kept them for extended hours and helped get them in and out of the car. My husband, after having to get up way before the sun rises for his own job, took over mine so that we wouldn't lose out on income. He made meals, did all the laundry, got the kids ready for bed bt himself, and took such good care of me. My co-workers at my other job all helped to find subs for me, and sent lots of prayers an positive e-mails. I got deliveries of beautiful flowers from people I only see on occasion which really helped to lighten the mood. I get choked up just thinking about ALL that everyone did for me. I have a wonderful support system....I'm a really lucky girl!! I can't say it enough....Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Paying it forward...
I can't tell you how relieved I am of the outcome! I allowed myself the time to heal and regroup. I've made peace with that journey of thinking maybe my thyroid was on the fritz hormonally, to waking up missing half of it. I've hugged the necks of everyone in my life who showed me so much love and support. And yet, I can't help but think of those countless other people, who's journey actually being diagnosed with cancer is just beginning. How do people go through this kind of experience without the overwhelming support of family and friends? In the grand scheme of things I know that this experience is small peanuts compared to what others are facing. I know that it's time to take all of this emotion and turn it into something positive...I have to do something!!!
I've decided to join a new program being piloted by the American Cancer Society called DetermiNation. It is a program to help people like me train for a longer distance race, this one being the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k in Grand Rapids on May 14th. This race was tentatively on my schedule anyways as my husband runs the 10k each year, but my decision is to push myself and train for it has been made. This experience will NOT limit me as a human being or a runner. If anything it propels me to do more...be more. It's a pretty big race....15.5 miles worth...and will be my longest to date. So many of us runners help to support causes that are important to us by paying race entry fees and such. By joining this team I am committing to raising AT LEAST $750 for the American Cancer Society before race day. Really, the sky is the limit to me. I am looking forward to the both challenges, as I've never done any major fund raising before. Please consider making a donation to support my efforts, it would mean sooooo much to me!
When you make a donation …
- More people in our community can stay well by getting the information and tools they need to help prevent cancer or find it early.
- More people with cancer will have a place to turn around the clock to help them through every step of their cancer journey – whether it’s a free ride to treatment, a place to stay, or just talking to someone who has “been there.”
- More of us have will have access to lifesaving cancer screenings and treatments we need.
My donation page is HERE
If you make a donation in honor of someone, please let me know. I am going to incorporate this somehow on race day...so stay tuned. Also, if you are unable to give a cash donation at this time, perhaps you can help in another way. Contact me to find out more details.
Peace and Blessings,
P.S. I will run as a way to move forward! I will run for all of my generous donors! I will run for ALL who are affected by cancer!