Monday, May 12, 2008

May 12

The Race for the Cure!

Saturday, May 10th, was the annual Race for the Cure. Both my work had a team with my name on their back and sweet Natalie Mano put together a team - "Cynful Celebration!" - with my name on their back.

Team "Cynful Celebration" met at the Gateway at 8:00 a.m. on the top of the stairs by Barnes and Noble. It was very emotional for me to walk over and see my friends - my team - waiting for me. We took some pictures and then started our walk/run.

I didn't know I would be walking the entire 5K - but I felt good enough so I thought, what the heck? Some in our group ran but most of us walked. We were in the middle of a sea of people - there were 17,000 people that registered this year.

It is overwhelming to look around you and see the names on the backs of so many people that were there "Celebrating" someone or "In Memory" of someone. So many people have been affected by breast cancer. I hope I am in the "Celebrating" category for many years to come.

There were several people with VERY interesting shirts and outfits. This race is always a great event. I have done it in the past. I never imagined my name would be on anyone's back one day.

After the race - I met my co-workers at my office. Cute Marcia Winn put together a brunch and we visited with each other for a while. They all had signs on their backs that Ryan Anderson had made. He made one for me that said "I race in celebration of ME!"

Then, I went to Natalie and Betsy's - and had some more brunch. The ham, egg and cheese croissants were so delicious. We sat around the table and had some laughs - Shawna showed us her pretty feet - and then I went home and had a busy Saturday washing my car, yard work, cleaning my house, and preparing my Gospel Doctrine lesson.

I over-did it a bit on Saturday and felt a little tired on Sunday. I went to church - taught my lesson - and took it easy the rest of the day.

I have been feeling better regarding the nausea the last few days. I stopped taking my vitamins in the morning and it seems to have helped. They were killing my stomach. I'm going to have to figure out another way to get my daily allotment.

I have my next chemo treatment this Friday and some of my girlfriends are having a "Scarf Shower" for me this Wednesday. Since I have never been married or had a child, I have never been to a shower for me. This is going to be fun!

I'm still doing quite well and feeling pretty good. It's still just day by day, hour by hour. I will have hair for another week or two.

Thanks to my co-workers - especially Marcia - for putting together the work team that did the race for me. And special thanks to Natalie Mano for putting the "Cynful Celebration" team together and the delicious brunch with Betsy. You are so sweet and it meant so much to me!

I don't have any family that lives within a 100 miles of me. I talk to my Dad every day and he is so appreciative of my friends and everyone that has been helping me and doing so much for me. Every time I talk to him, he mentions how blessed I am to have such great friends. It is so true!


1 comment:

christy summerhays said...

I'm so sorry I missed the walk! I have a recurring back problem that was acting up, so I had to bow out. It looks like it was a lot of fun. Cool that you were able to make it the whole way!