I was wondering exactly where I should post this information - thought first off about just Walt's Warriors - but then I realized that MANY MANY MANY of you have been an incredible encouragment to me during my bout with cancer this past year. So that said, not only am I sharing this info with my friends in Walt's Warriors, I want to share it with all MiceChatters - as sort of a thank you for your encouragement over the course of this year.
Well, for those of you who do know it, I ran a 5K in Dana Point in the early morning of Thanksgiving, November 22, 2007. It was a victory of sorts because on November 22, 2006, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer. It was a bizarre day, as I recall......because I went in to the hospital for surgery on what 3 doctors told me was an Inguinal Hernia - and I come out instead diagnosed instead with STAGE 2 CANCER. You can imagine my shock - as my wife and I were new parents to our then 5 week old child.......and cancer was NOT something we were prepared for.
This 5K, called the Dana Point Turkey Trot was my way of saying "CANCER CAN'T GET ME" - because to the calendar date, my life is drastically different. I was pronounced in remission on 10/11/07 - so this 5K on Thanksgiving Morning 11/22/07 was a CELEBRATION! I have pictures to share so look on, if you don't mind.
One of the T-Shirts we got for being part of this 5K
My wife and son and I - all ready for the 5K
The Group that ran (wife took this picture, which is why she's not in it)
Cousin Natalie, Vinny, Suzanne and Yours Truly
It was a great run - and A LOT of people.....oh man, so many people...but everyone out there having a great time, indeed.
Thank you for taking a quick look at my pictures - they may be somewhat boring, but this was my CELEBRATION indeed - and so thankful to be ALIVE.
Thank you all for your year of encouragment to me!