…129 Days Until Race Day
You are about to fall in love.
This is Emily.
There are positive people…and then there’s Emily.
There are happy people…and then there’s Emily.
There are people with faith…and then there’s Emily
She doesn’t know it, but Emily has taught me life lessons about positivity, happiness and perseverance.
You see, cancer took away Emily’s ability to do her favorite thing in the world. Dance. She was so talented she danced at Radio City Music Hall with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
If cancer were to ever take away something I love to do, I would be so PISSED OFF.
But not Emily.
That’s not the only affect cancer has had on Emily, either.
Now 21-years-old, Emily was diagnosed at age 13 with cancerous Non germinoma germ cell brain tumor.
While her treatment was 7 months, the damage and affects are forever.
Eight years after her diagnosis, Emily has 75% vision loss, panhypopituitarism diagnosis, diabetes insipidus diagnosis, hypothalamic obesity diagnosis, & total hormone replacement necessary…all due to brain tumor, treatment and total brain and spinal radiation.
To me, THAT SUCKS!
But, Emily smiles and always has a cheerful word of encouragement for me and others.
The same day that Emily got her NED report, her grandmother, who was being treated for cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Center, got the same report.
The picture below is of Emily (on the left) and me holding hands as we finished the final steps of Strides Across Texas. She was just as excited as I was that I had finished.
Today’s run was done in St. Louis. The weather was 27 degrees when I started. I was supposed to do hill training on my treadmill today and then an hour in the park.
I didn’t have access to a treadmill and there isn’t any flat ground near my mother’s house so I combined both workouts into one run.
Last year when I did this hill run, I was able to complete one full lap but I had to walk the final hill. Today, I ran 6 full laps, all at sub 10:00 pace. I remember finishing the 2nd lap and I said out loud, “Now we’re working, Emily. But we’re not done. Let’s do another one.”In the end, the total ascent for the run was 1597 feet and the total descent was 1492 feet.
Emily, WE kicked butt today, kiddo. Thank you for being my inspiration today, and many days. You are one tough little lady.
Who will you meet tomorrow?
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