Monthly Archives: December 2012

Getting a Jump on 2013


A Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

They said jump…I asked “How high?”

I took a leap of faith yesterday and this image shows the end result.  What we don’t try, we don’t experience and we will never know what we are capable of.  Thank you to my friend Theoden for inspiring me to bust out the kid in me yesterday.  This image pretty much sums up my year.  I had no idea what I could do while on chemo or if I would even survive my diagnosis, but I had faith and WOW amazing things happened.  Don’t get me wrong…2012  had its ups and downs, but it ended on a high note for sure!

2012 Lessons

Rock n' Roll medal for completing two half marathons in one year.  Rock on!!!

Rock n’ Roll medal for completing two half marathons in one year. Rock on!!!

The biggest lesson I learned was to believe.  Believing in miracles and myself. I started 2012 unsure if I wanted to  join the Omega Sports Half Marathon training team. Little did I know that I would not only surpass my goals, but I would do it under very limiting circumstances.  Kind of reminds me of running a hill. Just when you think you’ve made it to the top, the road takes a slight curve and in front of you is the “rest” of the hill.  You’re half way there…no point in stopping.  So here are some highlights from my 2012 uphill journey:

My two biggest fans!!!!  I am big fan other theirs as well!!!

My two biggest fans!!!! I am big fan other theirs as well!!!

1 – Completed my first half marathon – Nashville Rock n’ Roll

2 – Completed my first tri – Ramblin’ Rose Charlotte

3.  Ran my second half 6-months after the first – Savannah Rock n’ Roll

4. Rock climbed, went bowling, canoeing and camping with my girls and John for the first time.

5. Meeting some of the most amazing, inspiring, caring, fun people ever!!!!

I am living large and loving every minute of it.

The Fun Never Ends

So here we are on the cusp of the new year.  The sky is the limit so the planning phase begins.  My next half will be in Folly Beach, South Carolina February 9th.  I can’t think of a better way to spend time with friends and celebrate another birthday.  Speaking of birthdays, we signed-up for the Cooper River Bridge 10k to celebrate my Mom’s 70th birthday (yes of course she’s running it with us).  I can’t wait!

Finish Line

Long Distance Heroes finishing the Free to Breathe 5K. The Omega Nation training team is truly the coal that fuels my engine!

In March the Long Distance Hero team will take to the streets of Charlotte at the 4th Annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K.  This will be a team of amazing friends, family, and survivors.  We are going to show Colon Cancer who’s boss.  I hope you will all join us … feel free to run , walk or volunteer.  The bigger the team the better.  Registration is now open.  If you don’t think you can run/walk…remember to believe in yourself.  2013 will be the year of the lean, mean fighting machines! You can do this.

Here we go!

Finish Line Savannah 2012

My super amazing husband and I crossing the finish line. I am one lucky lady.

So as you welcome in the new year promise yourself to take a leap of faith and see what wonderful opportunities great you in the year to come.

Peace and Cheer,


Medical Update:  Since I last blogged I’ve had two scans.  Both scans showed stability.  Yipeee…I’ve stopped this Cancer in its tracks!  My exercise and diet have created a strong immune system and body. I am filled with energy and happiness.  Thanks for all of your support…this journey would not be the same without you!