Do you remember your first lemonade stand? I’m not sure why, but it’s such a big deal to most kids. My girls have been asking to have one for a long time. Friends riding the 24-Hours of Booty http://www.24hoursofbooty.org/ were in need of funds for their creatively named team…24-Hours of Sue-ty. Finally, a great cause to host our stand. (Yup, that’s the “Sue-ty” team on the right).
I love when my passion for a cause, the needs of my children and a good time all come together as one. Truth be told…I made that happen and I’m so glad I did. Hosted by the kids of Omega Nation Full/Half Training Team, we made a statement in Charlotte…cancer ain’t got nothing on us.
The stand was a grand success and if you had the opportunity to participate/donate we thank you. We would also like to thank Omega Sports for allowing us the space in their store to host this event and bring smiles to these young philanthropists and future “ultra” runners.
A few weeks ago, I posted info on my 24-Hours of Booty challenge. I gave myself 26 days to ride 24 hours on my bike. Sounds easy … throw in chemo treatments, pneumonia and an injured toe and, all of a sudden, 26 days is gone in a flash – but rest assured, I WILL meet my goal and ride the 24-hours of Sue-ty. Every day I get on the bike, I feel like a million bucks. I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been. I can also thank this training program for helping to catch the pneumonia early. Had I not been riding, every day, I probably would not have given much thought to getting winded when walking to the second floor of our house. However, after riding an hour a day on the bike, this made NO sense to me. Excercise is so much more than a tool for weight loss or an attempt at sanity. It keeps you in touch with your body in ways you may never have expereienced.
I feel fantastic…well, aside from the unexpected case of pneumonia. I really do feel amazing. My last treatment did not include Magic Potion Number 9…(Oxaliplatin). My white blood cell count was way too low. This is the drug that really kicks me in the fanny. It was a welcome break and we will start up again next week. I am also meeting with Dr. Russ Greenfield… he is an expert in Integrative Medicine. He and my oncologist work together to ensure optimal health, for me, during treatment. I am SUPER excited to work with him and not just depend on chemo. I am taking my health to a different level by taking control of my diet and daily lifestyle. It feels good to have a few areas that I can grab a hold of and know that I am working with the chemo treatments towards the ultimate goal…being disease free (gosh I hate the way that sounds). Disease is such an ugly word. Regardless, I can honestly say that even thought I have disease, I am well and will continue to tend to my ‘garden’… it’s looking really good these days. (oh and for those of you wanting to know…I do not have a date for my next “weed” scan… when I do I promise to let you all know).
Thanks for keeping me smiling!