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!!