6 May

Started off yesterday morning by going and picking up the race packets for the Race for Hope.  Then went and delivered to my two teammates so they would have what they needed prior to today’s walk.  Came home from that, was feeling really anxious, don’t know what triggered it.  So I took a xanax and laid down for what I thought was going to be just a short nap, turned into a 4 hour nap.  Seeing as though I was incredibly anxious and was feeling self-injury approaching, sleep was a much better option.  I woke up from my nap and still wasn’t myself.. just wasn’t feeling well.  So I stayed up for a little bit and got on the computer and on facebook and started my list of names for the Warriors of Cancer, received names of angels, survivors and fighters, my list continues to grow as people give me names, some I have reached out to personally to ask if I could include them or their loved one on my list if I know their personal stories.  As a dear friend has been doing going on 3 years, the list will be worn as I participate in my events.  As she wrote “Everyone touched by cancer should be represented. No one goes unsung. Not on my watch. No donation necessary to honor your loved one.”  I follow by her amazing example and start my list for 2012.  While it is hard to have a list that grows from something like people affected by cancer, it is also something that is so very much present in society now and in the past, with my hope that it will not be present much longer into the future.  No one’s name should be forgotten, and thus I will remember all names given to me.

This morning I woke up at 5am and got ready and met up with Laura and Stan to go to D.C. for the Race for Hope.  Stan is fighting a tumor on his pituitary gland.  He was recognized as a Survivor by wearing a yellow shirt.  There were 12,000 people who participated in this 5K walk/run.  Over $2 million was raised, amazing!  Laura and Stan completed the full 5K (3.2 miles).  I did about 2.4 of the walk, I stopped at one point while they made a loop around and then I met up with them again.  Knee was bothering me a little at that point and so stopping seemed like a good idea.  I finished the last 1.4 miles with them.  I could tell by the look on Stan’s face the whole time that he was truly touched by the experience.  He had never participated in anything like this, and this event itself was recognizing what he was going through.  The survivors that participated today ranged in age from 3 to 87.  So many little kids in the yellow Survivor shirts, it was truly a moving experience and yet another reason I will continue to fight for a cure of all cancers.  I wore the names of my grandmother and aunt, both of whom have passed, both of whom had brain tumors.  I also wore the name of a friend’s father who passed away from brain cancer.  And I wore the In Celebration of bib for Stan.


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