Monday, October 17, 2011
Strength in Numbers - the Power of Liz, Teamwork and Perseverance
Below is a write up about one of our WR girls who was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer a little over a year ago. She has been such a motivator to our group in many ways.....
You never know what life is going to hand you. Yet it is in how you handle it that matters.
"We are always getting ready to live, but never living" Ralph Waldo Emerson
Liz was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a year ago. I remember the day she told me. She was getting ready to come to our running group the following week and wanted to train for the 1/2 marathon in the Adirondacks. Her back hurt her and she was going for a check up the following day and then planned to attend the next running group. Plans changed almost overnight for Liz when she was told she had ovarian cancer. What was a road to running turned into a much harder road of cancer treatments.
Throughout the year, Liz endured her road with grace. And her running became more important to her and brought her more strength than physical. And what was also so impressive - the girls that supported her along the way. The meals brought, the walks, the runs, the moral support was amazing.
Liz did not give up. I believe I can speak for more than me - Liz, in so many ways, is so strong and such an example to us all. The weather was bad, cold, raining - she was out in it. And if Liz is out, surely there is no excuse for the others. Her friends that supported her, in turn, she was also supporting them on a road to health.
Liz sent me many beautiful messages about how she was so thankful for all the girls that have helped her. She also talked about her next race. And so we put a schedule together for her to follow. And she trained while also pulling a group to train along with her!
And now it is Fall. Liz has finished her treatments...she looks better than I have ever seen her. Liz ran her 1/2 marathon, the Ovarian Cancer run, and I believe I heard her last week on the trails "I really like the trails" (mind you, she was never too fond of them, so to hear that...I had to have her repeat it a couple of times!).
What was the most touching of all of this was our run last week in Pratts Falls. Beautiful Fall Day, peak colors, perfect temps. We were going along. And Liz stopped with tears in her eyes and having a bit of trouble breathing...."I'm not crying because I'm sad. I'm crying because I am happy. Its Fall, and I remember last year thinking on a day like this that it would be my last Fall. And here I am, on this beautiful day".
We should all learn from this. Appreciate the beautiful moments, take in something amazing...everyday is a miracle. Liz, you have been a blessing and miracle to us all, and surely have opened our eyes to see what is important. I'm so thankful for that perspective that you have shared with me and the others.
"Strength does not come from a physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will" Gandhi
Below is a picture of Liz with the many Whole Running girls supporting her in the Ovarian Cancer Run. WR was the largest team and raised the most money.
You can click on the picture to see it larger!