I had a good friend who I lost touch with in the last couple of years. She googled me and found this blog. She got concerned, though, because there hadn’t been any updates since June. In an email to me seemed to be afraid that something had happened to me.
So to Angela, and everyone else, I’ve been fine. In fact, I ended up enjoying the Team in Training experience so much I did another event as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I did the Santa Barbara Half Marathon in early November. It also went extremely well, and raised another $2,500. That means that between the two events in 2007 I raised over $9,000 for research into blood cancers. Yay!
I also learned something very important about myself through these events. I sent it out in a note to my supporters over the holidays, but I wanted to share it here, too:
During the holidays it’s common to look back on what has happened in our lives the previous twelve months. As you know, this May I celebrated my fifth year of being and complete remission and good health from leukemia by running a marathon, the San Diego Rock N’ Roll Marathon on June 6 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I enjoyed the experience so much that I ran another half marathon as a fundraiser, The Santa Barbara Half, in early November. I can’t express enough thanks to you for contributing and to help raise funds for leukemia research.’
“But, there’s one other thing about completing these events that make me very grateful….
“I spent many years in recovery not truly understanding what I was supposed to “get” out of having leukemia. You hear about people who after recovering climb Mt. Killamanjaro or something, or have a renewed understanding of life. I never got that, and always thought I had “missed” something.
“I realized something about myself through my two events this year – there’s a lot of similarity between going through chemotherapy and completing an endurance athletic event. Both have stretches that, even with the best of training (or, conversely, the best of medical treatment), require a LOT of strength, perseverance and determination to make it to the finish. To complete either means a lot, to complete both means even more, and to appreciate the strength and perseverance one actually has from life experiences is, well, as they say, priceless.
“THANK YOU for helping to make this, and the over $9,000 raised for leukemia research, possible.
“The best of health, happiness and peace to you and your loved ones in 2008.”
And one final thought — Watch this space in 2008 for more to come. Here’s a hint: I just bought a road bike…..