Today I ran the furthest I’ve ever run. I ran 9 miles less than 9 months after my radical ankle resection and nerve graft. My ankle is still healing, my nerve is still regrowing, I still have no muscles in the sole of my foot, yet I run. Every step I take hurts, yet I run. Then I pause and remember how blessed I am to be running.
I am blessed to be on the road to recovery. I am blessed to have dear friends who have picked me up when I’ve fallen over the last 9 months. I am blessed to have parents who dropped everything to spend a month with me in New York while I had my surgery. I am blessed to have remembered that I love my profession. I am blessed to have a friend who’d help me finish a triathlon less than 8 months after my surgery. I am blessed to still have this leg. I am so blessed!
Today, while I was running, I mostly felt blessed to have joined Team in Training, to have met these incredible people who are helping me run further than I ever thought I could. Who are helping me to achieve this goal I have set for myself to run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon a few weeks shy of one year after my surgery. Along the way, I have pledged to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Along the way I’ve met a group of amazing people, for that I am blessed.
Every Sunday before our runs, someone shares their story of what Team in Training or LLS has done for them, a few weeks ago one of our coaches described joining Team after his mom was diagnosed with an untreatable form of chronic leukemia. He described Team as “saving his life.” I get this, I feel the same way, or maybe just similarly, I get it nonetheless.
I am blessed. I ran further today than I ever have. I was supported every step, every painful step, by my teammates. I feel strengthened by these people who all have amazing stories. I run because I want fewer lives affected by cancer. I run because I need to.
I am so grateful to so many for your generous support. Yes, I am blessed!