…107 Days Until Race Day
Please forgive me on this one as I hero worship this guy.
Addison, now 23, was 15 when he was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia, with CNS relapse.
During his 3-years of treatment, this was his cancer roller coaster ride:
May 2009 – Diagnosed
March 2010 – Maintenance
April 2010 – Relapse, much for extensive treatment
June 14, 2012 – Remission
Now, Addison is over 4 years cancer free and on the verge of long-term survivor classification.
Shortly after his treatment ended for his 2nd battle, Addison and his sweet mom, Valerie joined me at Sugar Land Skeeters Constellation Field where Addison ran stadium stairs with me. It was SO MEANINGFUL to me to have him there knowing what he had gone through.
Please read Addison‘s own words and you’ll see why I he’s a hero to me.
“Cancer has given me so much more than it has taken.
I conjure up images of what I remembered from being inpatient, and that alone is enough to get me through what I consider a life hurdle now.
It is almost comical to look at the struggles of today as opposed to during my treatment. It gave me an outlook on life to discover what was truly important.
It also forced me to develop great study habits, as I basically had to just teach myself all my high school education through books and the internet.
Having cancer taught me that no matter how bad your day is going, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
It taught me a sense of support, and more importantly to always give support to others. You don’t know how bad someone’s day could be going and a simple compliment can change their entire mood.
So much of life is your attitude towards it and how you react to adversity. Cancer taught me that some days are gonna be terrible, but it is how you react and what steps you take to turn it around which determines happiness.” – Addison
Here is life coming around full circle, as Addison continues, “I am now attending school at UT Southwestern Medical Center, studying medicine in order to become a PA. I am very interested in possibly working in pediatric oncology once I graduate. MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital has a specific rotation setup for PAs to work in the outpatient clinic, which would be where I used to receive treatment!”
Addison is tall and that is why today’s run was for him. I wasn’t particularly fast, but I ran tall, which means my posture was good and when posture is good, you feel stronger.
Who will you meet tomorrow?