Posts Tagged ‘cancer survivor event’

5 K Medal

5 K Medal

 

2 Day Challenge Prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year on Memorial Day Weekend I was in the Neuro-ICU recovering from brain cancer surgery. 1 year later, I finished the Med-City Half-Marathon  in 2:52 and the 5-K, the 2 Day Challenge, to celebrate 1 year as a cancer survivor. I like to thank all those people who made this finish possible.
In the past couple of months I have been busy, so busy that I have not made time for posts on this blog. My original plans were to finish the Med-City Marathon but in April I decided to switch to the half-marathon. This was a good decision, because I finished strong, enjoyed the perfect day, and was able to walk after the race.  I wore brain tumor awareness shirts for both events and dressed in gray for both events for brain tumor awareness. My training included weekly long “runs” with the longest duration of training 3 hours and the longest distance of straight run/walk a 15K.
Of course, the respiratory bug that I had in April did not help my run training or the Minnesota Masters Swimming Short Course State Meet. I went to this meet the day after I became sick and basically showed up to the meet. I tried to swam as fast as

13.1 Medal

13.1 Medal

I was able even with less than 5 minutes of rest between some events. The only reason I walked home with medals was I was either the only swimmer or there were only 1-2 other swimmers that were better than me.
Now with my first triathlon of 2014 less than 1 week away, I feel fitter, faster, stronger, and lighter than I have in recent years. In the race next weekend, I am going to leave nothing left at the finish.
There is another event less than 1 week away, my 1 year MRI. Yes, I am a little nervous, but who wouldn’t be. I am praying everything turns out fine. The truth is after a long year, I finally got my energy back, working longer shifts at work, and getting work done in my yard. Last weekend I went to my second annual Cancer Survivors Day event. I have been blessed, to meet all the cancer survivors I have met in this past year and by all that I have learned in the past year that has changed my views of cancer and life.
Citius, Altius, Fortius
~dmj

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"Care of being"

“Care of being”

Today I got up and went to the Rochester Area Cancer Survivors’ event. When I heard about the event and signed up I asked, “Is it Ok to go since I just was given the diagnosis yesterday.” Yes, she replied, you are still a cancer survivor. Brought my mother along. After I registered I went to the hand massage table staffed by Mayo volunteers. Got a great hand massage. I found out that they do these massages to patients while they are waiting for radiation treatments.  We sat at a table with three breast cancer survivors. We talked about treatment and life.
After the meal, we did some chair yoga, listened to a talk about self-care from a Mayo clinical nurse specialist, found out who was the youngest, oldest, and youngest survivor, and listened to survivor stories. The talk about self-care was beneficial although long I learned I need to focus on at least one letter of the alphabet, A-Z, each day. For example “H” is for “hug often”.  At the end they gave all survivors a starter tree to plant. The event was motivational, I WILL attend again next year.
After the event, my Mother and I went to Menards to pick up some plants and flowers for my garden. My garden will not be extensive as it was last year, but it will be good.
~dmj