A year in review

Friday, March 05, 2010

It’s hard to believe a year has passed. It’s been the hardest year of my entire life!
Some of you may already know, but my mother (my best friend) passed away June 2009 after a 2 ½ year battle with stage 4 breast cancer. Her strength during this time was incredible. She was always a very strong woman raising me and my younger sister pretty much by herself.

When she was diagnosed, my sister and I had to work together to make arrangements to get Mom where she needed to be because she didn’t have a car. Luckily I work for an owner who is very understanding and allowed me the time I needed. And of course my life was put on hold. Up to that point, I did well in my own journey having lost over 70lbs.

She was put on chemo and it was successful. The doctor looked and me and said “you understand how serious this is and she will never be cured”. I knew that but remission was good enough for me. She came off chemo and was put on a daily prescription to keep the cancer at bay. It didn’t work, so back to chemo right after Christmas 2008.

The cancer grew immunity to the previous chemo so it was switched 3 times and nothing worked. She went into the ER on April 29, 2009 and after about 3 weeks was then transported to a hospice care facility where she passed away.

I finally came out of my “fog” of operating on auto pilot and taking care of all everything being the executor and trustee in August 2009 and went back to the gym. I decided to continue the remaining part of my journey and start taking care of me.

So, I started going to the gym when I could, taking all kinds of classes. I discovered I could run and enjoy it for the first time in my life. I trained and ran my first 5K the Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure in Oct 2009 in memory of Mom. I was addicted so I signed up and trained for my first 10k on Thanksgiving Day and changed the tradition in my family. We will all run the turkey trot this year – Yeah!

I’ve also completed my first 14k on Feb 13th and have my first ½ marathon on March 21st. And it doesn’t stop there. In April I’m flying out to Boise with MSWEESER and SEKSUNSHINE to meet up with KATMOMMA3 and together we will participate in the hardest ½ marathon in the northwest – the Race to Robie Creek.

Although I’m not at all proud of the puny weight loss over one year’s time, I’m made great accomplishments in other aspects. And I’ve made some really awesome Spark friends. So 2010 will be my year to complete what I started years ago and be in the best and healthiest shape a 41 year old can be in!

Here to 2010 & the next year with Spark!

And a BIG thank you for all the anniversary wishes and goodies!!

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  • SPIDER16
    I stand in awe of your strength and perserverance. Many would have been crippled by the stress but you have managed teams and looked after others while looking after your mum and yourself...i'm blown away emoticon emoticon
    4155 days ago
    You're clearly a very brave and strong person. Be proud of yourself and keep on keepin' on, as they say.
    4158 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful, inspirational story...with the strength you have shown this past year, there is no question that you are indeed your mother's daughter. You have done her and yourself proud.

    4164 days ago
    wow! you went threw all that and you didn't gain! That says alot!! Good for you! You have improved and continously strive to improve and you are doing so well! Continue doing what you and best of luck for the rest of your weight loss journey! We are all here for you! emoticon
    4165 days ago
  • CINDYC53
    What an inspirational story you have! Congratulations on your one year anniversary :-) I admire you so much for persevering through the loss of your mom, and for running in her honor. Thanks for sharing your story & feelings with the rest of us. Your mom must be very proud of you!
    4169 days ago
  • SHUCG1004
    You've definitely had it rough this year but you have made amazing strides through it all.

    4169 days ago
    Although you have had a rough year, you have come through it and will do well. You have really done great and the future holds many more accomplishments!!
    4170 days ago
    What a year you have lived, my friend.
    I'm so glad you are finding the time to take care of yourself and continue your journey to better health.
    Congratulations on your Sparkaversary!

    4170 days ago
    God bless you my friend you have done amazing! Your Mom's story brought tears to my eyes. I know the pain yet your compassion and love for her shined through. You're my hero! emoticon
    4170 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    You are a gift. Your mom would be very proud of you. I know we are!
    4170 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on your one year SparkAnniversary and for honoring your mom by taking good care of YOU. emoticon
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    4170 days ago
    Puny weight loss?!? You are an awesome woman!

    Your recollection of your mother's battle brought a tear to my eye. I lost both of my in-laws 5 years ago (Feb '05 and Aug. '05), my mother in law to a heart condition and my father in law to cancer. I understand about being in a fog.

    You honor your mother with your determination and will.

    Congratulations on a year well done, and best to you for the future!

    4170 days ago
    Wonderful post! You're a great inspiration for ALL that you've successfully and gracefully lived through and accomplished! So glad to havey you in my SparkWorld~
    4170 days ago
    You've done great my friend. We can celebrate our moms in April too! They'd be proud of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    4170 days ago
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