Today’s run is dedicated to her. She is one incredible little lady.
Turtle and I met at the Derricks & Diamonds Charity Softball Tournament. She’s a dynamite player and her Team Turtle competes for (and usually WINS) their division and championship. Yes, Turtle is THAT GOOD!
Diagnosed at age 12 with Astrocytoma, a form of tumor which originates in the star-shaped cells in the brain, Turtle is now 21, having kicked cancer’s butt.
However, she still deals with the effects of her battle.
“I had my brain tumor resection on January 24, 2007. It grew back three months later so I started radiation. Today, I get migraines often. I also struggle with depression and anxiety, but I’m strong and just push through those issues. I also have paralysis in my face.”
Having had to overcome all of that, and still dealing with facial paralysis, this is Turtle’s attitude:
“I try my best to not let me having my tumor stop me from pursuing anything in my life. I feel truly blessed to be who I am today. Being diagnosed has honestly shaped me into the person I am…someone who can inspire others.”
Today’s run was a scheduled 12 miles. The weather was perfect and I was running with my favorite running partner, Frank Medrano. It all lined up for a incredible run for Turtle, although, I felt more like the hare today, especially considering my mile splits: 9:28, 9:15, 9:12, 9:07, 8:54, 8:42, 8:37, 8:17, 8:10, 8:39, 8:27, 8:20.
Cassidy, we had a great run, girl!
Who will you meet tomorrow?