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Alaska Run for Women

June 13, 2010

Last year I was only able to participate in the 1 mile Fun Run/Walk part of the Alaska Run for Women.  It had only been 11 days after my surgery and I still had tubes in me for draining fluids.  My husband walked with me since I still needed someone to lean on.  This year I was able to walk the 5 miles.  My three daughters ran the race so it was very nice that my friend Cindy accompanied me at my slightly faster than snail’s pace.  The only thing that hurt at the end was the soles of my feet, it seems my shoe selection wasn’t the best.

I had finished the chemo mid November and the radiation the day before Christmas, so at the beginning of this year walking up a flight of stair would have me huffing and puffing, I had no endurance what so ever.  I signed up for oncology rehab and within a month my strength and endurance had dramatically improved.  It was not just a physically improvement, it also helped me lift my spirits and kept me positive.

Just over 7,000 women and some men (who are breast cancer survivors) participated in this year’s race.  The course is rather nice and it starts in mid-town Anchorage and heads downtown.

And then along the coastal trail…

and by Westchester Lagoon.

The camaraderie was wonderful.

I have been knitting and have finished La Cumparsita and Stork’s Nest Scarf, but have yet to block them.  Hope to have pictures to posts soon.

And Congratulations to the US for a well played game against England.

Three Cheers

June 12, 2010

I am looking forward to watching some of the World Cup matches.

It’s not to hard to guess who I am rooting for.

I hope to catch the final half of the US vs England match after I finish my walk in the Alaska Run For Woman.

I will be cheering for participants in both events.

Something Beautiful and Something Ugly

November 16, 2009

My niece who it a budding artist offered as a birthday present to paint my Danskos.  I am a big fan of Van Gogh, so I asked her to look at his roses for inspiration.

And this is how she painted the Danskos.

I now call them my “Happy Shoes”, I smile every time I gaze upon them.

Now for the something ugly, the main reason I haven’t posted for awhile.  I woke up one morning, and as I was getting my bearings before I would get up, I had an itch.  As I was scratching it, I could feel a lump… it was on the side of my left breast.  My first reaction was “Where did that come from?” and then I better get this checked out.   Within 10 days they confirmed it was breast cancer.  Then the whirlwind started.  Tests, surgery, trips to ER, tests, chemo, change in chemo treatment because I was having severe reactions like not breathing, tests, new chemo treatment, more tests, and as of today I am in my second week of radiation which is 5 days a week.  The hardest of all of this was telling my children (all teens).

In this whirlwind, there have been rays of sunshine, from family, friends, neighbors, fellow parishioners and last but not least members of my guild.  I am very blessed that I do not have to go through this alone.  The doctors, nurses and technicians have been so sweet as well as very competent.

I hope to be posting more frequently, I was able to do some knitting/spinning/weaving during this time that I’ll share with you.

And if it’s been awhile, go get tested.