Tuesday June 19, 2018
Many people wonder why I do so many marathons, especially after fighting breast cancer. After 308 marathons completed, I have nothing to prove; I could stop doing them today and still continue to inspire others. However, there is a new fire burning deep inside of me, and with every new 26.2 miles I finish, that is 26.2 more miles between myself and cancer and it will never catch me again. I truly believe this is what drives me to this day.
There is something inside of me that is greater that any obstacle that I will face. I may not be as fast as I was before breast cancer, but I will not be defeated because of my heart and my drive!
People think I must never feel pain due to all the running I do. I can tell you that stronger people feel pain, understand pain, and accept pain. I like the feeling of my body being totally trashed the day after a marathon; it makes me realize what a strong woman I am mentally and physically!
I believe my actions have inspired others to dream more, do more, and challenge themselves more. We are all capable of doing anything we set our mind to. I have decided that our world is all about convenience and comfort, you can get food, coffee, banking, anything from the comfort of your car, but I have chosen to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself.
I also believe that things happen for a reason, and I was handed the challenge of going through cancer to inspire others. It has been an honor and privilege to go through this journey. I would not change the last 8 years for anything.
What I went through was not easy, but I can tell you it has been worth it. My experience has changed my life and made me a more grateful person.
Surviving cancer has taught me so many lessons, but most importantly, it has taught me to surround yourself only with people who love, support, and nurture your soul. If the people in your life do none of these, let them go and be okay with it.
“You never know how strong you have to be until being strong is the only option.” I repeat that mantra to myself every day.
I am now an 8-year breast cancer survivor and completed my 308th marathon on June 3rd!
June 21 is my birthday. I consider myself blessed that I am able to celebrate another year!