Thursday, November 17, 2011

One More Cancer Comrade

I've been meaning to write about this for some time. Just after I got back from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, I learned about one more person I know who just found out that she has cancer. In this case, it is breast cancer. Amy is a TNT alumni, a mentor, a runner and triathlete. In fact, she just completed her first Ironman in August. Then, a month later, she learns that she has breast cancer. She is perhaps late 40's - I hate guessing people's ages, especially those of women. Her prognosis is very good. The cancer is in one breast, and the tumor was surgically removed in a lumpectomy. But even so, it makes me sick to know that one more person has to go through this crap.

I woke up early this morning - too early - and I am not sure why. But as I lay in bed, trying in vain to fall asleep again, I started thinking about Amy. And while she was on my mind, I decided to write a little about her. Maybe someone reading this will give Amy a little prayer or some good vibrations, or a positive thought. I think she is going to be fine. She told me she was determined to survive, something I remember from myself nine years ago. But even so, a kind thought about her or a prayer for her can't hurt.

So here I sit, early morning, writing my blog. I have a mug of Earl Gray with honey. I have Beethoven on my CD player - Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the piece of music that was so important to me nine years ago as I battled lymphoma. One of my cats is keeping me company. Still, I feel tired and I am thinking of my TNT buddy Amy, hoping she is doing well, saying a little prayer for her. One more good person with cancer. One more name to go on my next race shirt. The list never gets smaller.

4 comments:

TNTcoach Ken said...

Damnit! I hate Cancer..... Adding Amy to my list, thanks for all you do.

Elayne said...

Sorry to hear this news Art. Sometimes it is very hard to keep our spirits high when we see it all around us all the time. My mom was just diagnosed with Leukemia and we lost a fellow friend/runner to cancer as well :( Keep fighting Art...someday...
Thinking of you my friend and of your friend as well.

agentis said...

I am sending positive thoughts Amy's way!

Racn4acure said...

Thanks everyone. I will tell Amy that people from afar are thinking of her. I exchanged emails this week and she is feeling really good, despite getting radiation five days a week. Art