…93 Days Until Race Day
This pretty young lady is Snowdrop Foundation scholarship recipient, Kaley.
She is 25 years old and a 15 YEAR survivor of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).
When she was diagnosed at age 5, she was looking at 4.5 years of treatment.
Now, 20 years removed from her diagnosis, she still has and always will have long-term effects from her battle. What kind of physical impact did cancer have on Kaley?
Cancer left her with 4 dead spots to her brain.
Cancer caused her to have epilepsy.
Cancer gave her severe learning disabilities.
Cancer stunted her growth.
Cancer took away her ability to have children.
Here are Kaley’s own words on the psychological effect cancer had on her:
“The hardest part of going through leukemia as a child was that the only friends you had, were also cancer patients. You never knew when you would knock on their door to play, and they weren’t there anymore.
Even as we grew up, no matter how long you were in remission, you never knew when it was going to come back in a new form and take more of your friends away.
People think that the cancer is the worst part. Don’t get me wrong it’s awful. However, for me the worst part of going through cancer was the psychological impact from the effects cancer had on the people I cared about.” – Kaley
Kaley celebrates 11/06/06 as the “date I was out of the woods”.
There was no post yesterday because life and training had caught up to me and I took the day off, switching yesterday with Friday. In taking the day off, I went to bed at 3:30 IN THE AFTERNOON and didn’t wake up until 3:00 THIS MORNING.
Even my coach, Jon Olsen said it was a wise decision.
My run today would also indicate that I made the correct call.
When I looked at today’s run, it seemed impossible to do. 90 minutes, on grass, at low 8’s pace…I didn’t think I was capable of that, yet, I somehow managed to get through it and not only get through it, but demolish it.
It reminded me of Kaley’s quote about the physical effects that cancer had on her…”All have been things I have been able to overcome…”.
I overcame self-doubt today because my coach, Jon Olsen has the confidence in me to schedule that workout and because of Kaley’s quote of what she had to overcome…and did.
My mile splits: 8:51, 8:18, 8:16, 8:07, 8:01, 8:09, 8:02, 7:58, 8:04, 8:11, 7:55. My final mile was my fastest because 11 total miles looks a lot better than 10.??.
Who will you meet tomorrow?