Since my last post on July 16th, I have literally and figuratively hit the ground running. Physically I am feeling stronger and stronger every day. For all of this, I am truly grateful.
As I reflect on the summer of 2012, I feel as though I’ve been given a gift. The discovery that I, at one point, had cancer shook my world. I felt as though my life could have changed forever. Instead of making a u-turn and early exit (that’s morbid) or taking a different route and having a prolonged battle with chemotherapy and all that entails (whatever driving metaphor works for you), I feel as though I only hit a speed bump. I slowed down, did what I needed to do, and continued forward on the road of life. I know that sounds so simple, but in hindsight, it’s how I see it.
Instead of focusing on where I’m going, I have tried to take in the sights. Focus on each day. Enjoy the view.
On August 5th, 33 days after my surgery, I completed a sprint distance triathlon in Niantic, CT.
Even though I’ve been doing triathlons since 1995, this one felt like the first! I crossed the finish line with a huge smile on my face and a huge sigh of relief.
I now know that there will be many starting lines in my future. And instead of only focusing on crossing the finish, I plan to enjoy the race!