Saturday, January 10, 2009

I Believe In One God, The Father, The Almighty.

Today, after ten days of my breast cancer surgery and with my doctor's permission, I am back to my passion of running. I am literally up and running, back on track, completing 6.25 miles / 10K. Impossible to explain or describe how it felt, it was a wonderful gift to me.

Just one month ago, on December 08, I got the diagnosis. Then, the five stages of grief started. But denial, anger, bargaining and depression lasted less than one week. I was determined that, when in my power, cancer was not going to rule my life. With the Jingle Bell Race on December 14th, I put those stages behind to give room to the last stage: Acceptance. One of the most beautiful Christian Holidays was ahead of me, and I was going to celebrate. As my husband put it, I went from cancer victim, to cancer warrior in one week, and with God's help and technology, by the end of the year, 22 days after the diagnosis, I was already a cancer survivor. And the description about me in the upper right corner of this blog, hasn't changed a bit. I am as happy as could be. I adore my husband, I adore my kids, I love my life.

My 2008 Christmas Holidays were amazingly beautiful, quite and truly full of love: The love of my angels on Earth was shed on me day after day, love from my hubby Randy, my kids David, Diego & Alejandra, my mom, my brother and sister, my nephews and nieces, my dear cousin Gladys, my son's fiancee Shelly, and an impossible-to-count number of true friends from many corners of the US, Venezuela and the world .

My 2009 race plan cannot yet be designed because will depend on my therapy which will be defined at the end of January. For sure, I will get radiation and hormonal therapy. Chemotherapy will depend on the results of the oncotype dx test that will indicate the likelihood of recurrence. This test takes 14 days, and it is the driver to define the treatment to follow.

I feel strong physically and emotionally.
My strength comes from the love of my family and friends, and from Heaven above. I Believe In One God, The Father, The Almighty, Maker Of Heaven And Earth, Of All That Is Seen And Unseen. That's my profession of faith.

13 comments:

darsden said...

Prayers and Strength to YOU. With God you are not alone. Believe
Godspeed :-)

darsden said...

Hi, I was just click through blogosphere and stumbled upon an english written one. So, I stopped to read. Wow, and still running got to admire that!

darsden said...

Me again! you need that little widget followers! :-)

CewTwo said...

What strength! What a gift! I am so proud of my friend Lizzie! Congratulations!

Backofpack said...

Lizzie, you inspire and awe me with your strength, determination and faith. Fight, warrior, fight!

Petraruns said...

Lizzie - I have tears in my eyes reading this. You are an inspiration you truly are - reminding us of all that really matters..

Big hug, big kiss and DELIGHTED to see you back on track. Keep up this spirit!

TRI TO BE FUNNY said...

Such amazing news!

Susan said...

You are an inspiration, LL. I applaud you and I will PRAY for you.

MarathonChris said...

You are truly amazing!!! Glad to have you back on the road. Hope to see you at Disney next year!

Irish Blue said...

Lizzie, you are such a dynamo! I just knew this wouldn't break your spirit and look at you go! Bless you as you recover and get well post-surgery. We're all praying for you.

mz

ShirleyPerly said...

I agree with everyone. Your courage and strength are an inspiration. Wonderful to hear you're back to running already. That indoor running track looks similar to the one I ran on today!

craig said...

Someone has said that an event like this either makes you bitter or better. It either causes us to doubt the love of the One who made us or to cling more firmly to it. I've always felt that we only have two choices in life. We either walk through an experience like this with him or without him. I know which I choose.

Marathon Maritza said...

You are so unbelievably strong, Lizzie...I admire your attitude and hope to be more positive in my life as well. We get only one and you are showing all of us how to make the most of it and never take it for granted. You are awesome. :)

Congrats on the 10K! Way to get back into running!