|WE DID IT!!|
|Getting ready to ring that bell!|
|Receiving my purple heart from my favorite nurse!|
I have to say that even though it has been two years since I finished chemo, and a year and a half since the end of radiation, I feel that I am in a constant state of trying to figure out how to cope with my "new normal." I have come to the realization that recovery from cancer and the ensuing treatments isn't just about the body, but also about healing the mind.
One of the Bible verses that helped me through some bad days--
Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.”
Although my oncologist often reminds me that I am at high risk for recurrence, I am trying not to worry too much about what could happen, but instead focus on doing everything in my power to keep myself as healthy as possible, both physically and mentally. From everything I have learned either from my cancer care team or from reliable sources on the internet, I know that a healthy diet is essential, especially when dealing with estrogen-driven cancer such as mine.
Exercise is equally important for both mental and physical well being. Having been a marathon runner (yep-26.2 miles of crazy fun!) BC (before cancer), I am trying hard to build up my endurance for running again.
In fact, I will be doing a 5k on Sunday!
|Aren't the medals cool??!|
|Randy and Sherry. Aren't they adorable??|
My great friends, Sherry and Randy Fortenberry are coming in from SC to do this with me! They were members of my team (Pam's Pink Posse) when I did my first 5k- post cancer treatments. I can't tell you how much these two people mean to me!
As you can see by the medals, there is a half and full marathon as well as the 5k. Initially, we were registered for the half, but due to me being severely undertrained, and some IT band issues of Sherry's, we decided to go for the 5k instead.
At first, I was quite bummed about dropping down to the 5k, but I know it was the right decision and it will be fun, no matter the distance!
Did I mention that Sunday is Saint Patrick's Day????
Are you doing a Saint Patrick's Day race?? If so, please share details!