Sunday, September 12, 2010

Make your life happen!

Brian died on Sept. 5th, 9 months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He fought to the end, believing that somehow he could conquer this horrible disease. He endured craniotomies, radiation, chemo, and even a trip to Lourdes courtesy of the Knights of Malta. Brian was a UCI graduate and played college soccer. He was just 24 years old. Rest comfortably Brian. You will never be forgotten.

"Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we will have each other". Joshua Liebman

On Sept. 3rd, we drove 3 hours to buy a beautiful Aussie puppy that we named Jada. She is a blue
merle and we all are in love. She is so smart and so cute!! It is so much fun to have a puppy around again. I just forgot how much work they are!! It's like having a baby all over again.

I signed up for a 50k and a 50 miler today. I am glad that I committed to doing them, as now I have a reason to train!! I wanted to mention that it has been about 5 months since I've had either bread or pasta. I feel so much better and I can run now without stomach pains. Who would have thought?

The Coastal Challenge is my January destination. It is a 6 day stage race in Costa Rica. I am so excited to be racing there again. You may recall that I raced there in 2009 and had the adventure of a lifetime. I am motivated to get out and train with this race coming up in 2011.

My daughter Chelsea is interested in doing a Triathlon. I am so pumped for her. Her and I went to the pool the other night and besides freezing our butts off, she did awesome. I hope she continues to be encouraged to learn to swim, bike and run better.

Have a wonderful week!!

"If you try too carefully to plan your life, the danger is that you will succeed--succeed in narrowing your options, closing off avenues of adventure that cannot now be imagined."
American Diplomat, Harlan Cleveland

Use this week to think of an adventure you would like to have and take a step towards making it happen!!!


Ewa said...

I have just had a taste of what cancer means and I know how lucky I was to have it discovered so early. It is a nasty, nasty disease.

Your pup is adorable. Will she be your running companion?

Hurray for your daughter! Hope you will be posting about her races.

doodlegirl said...

WOW! I didn't realize you drove three hours to adopt Jada. So worth it of course!!! :O)

I'm deeply saddened by the death of Brian who had such a huge will to conquer this disease could not do it.

Diseases are so burdensome. :O(

On a positive note: GO CHELSEA!!!!!!!l

Ultra Sam said...

I am saddended by your loss. Cancer is one of those things in life that makes me sometimes question my higher power.

I shall pray for you and your family and trust that your loved one is in a better place now.

Having had family and dear friends (one young girl of only 23...) lost to this horrific disease, I often wonder what is worse, to have them around and suffering or to not have them in our world yet free of pain.

Keep the faith - SAM