…124 Days Until Race Day
Merry Christmas. Since today is the day we celebrate the miracle birth. I thought it appropriate to highlight a miracle childhood cancer survivor story.
I ran for Peyton who was diagnosed on February 10, 2010 at the age of 7 with stage IIB intermediate risk paramenengial embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (is that even English?).
Enduring 42 weeks of vincristine, dactinomycin, cytoxan, and irinotecan with 28 doses of traditional radiation, that treatment left Peyton with temporary speech loss, chronic dry eye, unstable vision, exposed nasal artery, severe nosebleeds, neuropathy, temporary hemiparesis, chronic sinus infections, recessed eye, and photophobia.
On top of that, Peyton missed a year of school, had biannual surgery to cauterize bleeding areas in nose, experienced severe stomach discomfort while taking irinotecan and sprouted blisters covering the entire inside of the mouth during radiation.
His remission date is May 27, 2010, but as his mom, Jodi points out, he’ll never exhibit NED (No Evidence of Disease) because there is “too much scarring to lack evidence of disease”.
Peyton, now 14-years-old, has been off treatment since Dec 13, 2010. As if THAT part of the story isn’t miracle enough, Peyton has become a prolific writer who loves to swim and play the saxophone.
He’s won two national writing awards and his work is currently displayed in the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the U.S. Department of Education.
Still need more miracle evidence? Okay.
Just a few weeks ago, Peyton took over a minute off of his 500 freestyle swim at the champ meet.
How’s that for a kid who once was paralyzed on one side?!
Today’s run was scheduled for 1 to 1.5 hours with the first 6 miles alternating between 9:15 pace and 8:30 pace and the 7th mile sub 8:30 pace. I ran 9:00 pace for my 9:15’s and 8:15 pace for my 8:30’s. My last hard mile was 7:46. Then I did a 2 mile cool down to get to 10 miles.
Who will you meet tomorrow?