…115 Days Until Race Day
Ana was only 14-years-old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
That diagnosis and subsequent treatment took approximately two years, 2004-2007, away from her normal, healthy life.
Here is how Ana tells her ordeal:
“Hearing the words CANCER shattered me into pieces as if my soul was taken away for seconds. At the moment hearing my diagnosis was extremely difficult for me and my family members.
I could see the expression of my parents of guilt, as if they did something wrong. There’s was no explanation as to why I received such an awful disease.
All in my mind I could recall was “when am I going to die?”
At first it was depressing and moments where I was weak and ready for the disease to take me away. I was in such awful pain mentally and physically for most of the time during my treatment.
Cancer took a lot out of me, my strength, at times my faith, and my family that was affected too. I had two younger siblings one was my littler bother who was only five at the time and starting school. My little brother had to grow up so fast. When I was supposed to be taking care of him, he was the one taking caring of me.
I didn’t realize how much it affected him me being sick, until he wrote an essay of me. My brother in the essay expressed himself as if someone stabbed him with a knife as he was told his sister had cancer.
Inside me I felt so guilty because I was the oldest and the one and with all the attention. It was an extremely difficult journey as obstacles were thrown at me in every direction.
As my faith grew so did my determination to beat cancer and to set goals in a life that I was defeating. With all the help and encouragement of my family and friends my soul was at ease.
As time went on my mother had so much faith in the Lord that it made me stronger and my faith grew even more. I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel and the sun was sinning at the other side and so did I.
I will forever be grateful for all the support of everyone who helped me through this journey. I’m blessed with everything I need. I am working hard towards everything I want. And most of all I appreciate and thank God for what I have.
CANCER….BEEN THERE, BEAT THAT” – Ana (now 26-years-old and a Snowdrop Foundation Scholarship Recipient)
Today’s run was a “shake out” run to get the wheels spinning once again after finishing 100 miles on Sunday. A scheduled 1 hour run at easy/aerobic pace started out with tight legs but after 3 slow, boring miles, the legs felt good and I was able to pick up pace a bit and finished the 6th mile at 9:05 pace.
Who will you meet tomorrow?