Remember in Elementary School during PhysEd class when you would be forced to go outside and run around the track as a class? Remember that one student who could never keep up, always had a stitch in their side and usually walked most of the way? That was me. And I was traumatized! I felt so insecure and inadequate that I could never keep up with the others that I rebelled against any sort of physical fitness, just assuming that I couldn’t do it.
Fast Forward over 20 years and that same girl, now grown up has decided to face her demons head on and train for the 5K CIBC Run for the Cure.
This year I am pushing myself to run for:
My friend Trish who won her battle against Breast Cancer
My mother who is currently battling against Breast Cancer and
My childhood friend Jamie who lost her battle against cancer at the age of 35.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter likely have read my tweets about my Mom. For those of you who don’t know at the end of November my world was thrown into a tailspin as I learned that my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. We sat helplessly by as she went through a mastectomy, a second surgery to remove lymphnodes and then as she started chemotherapy. I am confident that she will win this battle, but it truly a fight for her life which is not easy.
And so today, in honour of my Mom who is fighting so hard, and every other woman or man who has had to fight through cancer, I laced up my sneakers and putting one foot in front of the other pushed myself to run. It was not easy, but I did it, and will continue to train and get stronger so that I can run that 5K in September.
A funny thing happened while I was running. I saw my 2 year old daughter cheering me on, and I realized not only did I want to do this for my Mom, but I want to do this for my daughter. I want her to look up to me as being a strong and determined woman just like I have always looked up to my Mom. I hope to make them both proud.
Happy Mother’s Day!