Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Making the Impossible: Possible
Fans of the Tour de France and Livestrong will remember the "chalkbot" campaign last summer where cancer survivors and fans posted their messages of hope, inspiration and encouragement for American hero Lance Armstrong.
The message I sent "You Make the Impossible: Possible" expresses my deep feelings about the LiveStrong Challenge ride in Austin this past Sunday. All of you helped make the impossible, possible for me and thousands of others affected by cancer.
Think about this. When I finished chemotherapy in December of l998, before I even started radiation, before I started a year long process of reconstruction and physical therapy for frozen shoulder and lymphadema, I could barely walk up a hill. I was out of breath. It hurt to breathe, it hurt to walk. My feet were still swollen from steroids that -- at best -- helped squelch nausea and at worst -- sent me spinning around like Wiley Coyote.
Like every other cancer patient before and since then, I hung on, carried along on God's shoulders and through the love of friends. Sometimes all you can do is just soldier on and get through something. That is what I did.
You stayed with me on the ride, and with me through all the phases of recovery. This past Sunday, another joyous celebration of the impossible become possible. I cycled 65 miles up and down the hills surrounding Dripping Springs, Texas, past pastures, grazing goats and horses, past incredible vistas of the beautiful Hill Country all Texans love. You supported me with your wishes, your calls, your tweets, your love and your donations. You helped me raise more than $1200 for the cancer research programs sponsored by the Lance Armstrong Foundation. You are helping me to fight this incidious disease that fractures lives.
To all of you, my love and gratitude. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.