What A Difference A Year Makes
On July 8th, 2011 my family took a punch to the gut when we were told that my extremely healthy, fit wife Lori had breast cancer at the age of 49. No family history, no warning signs, no illness, no medications, no reason why, but we had breast cancer. Fortunately for us she was diagnosed early (stage zero) and following standard operating procedures, surgery was to be performed to remove the cancer cells. Unfortunately, there were several surgeries in a very short period of time (four in total in less than a five weeks) to remove the elusive cells and the surgeries really took their toll on her. After the surgeries and prior to our next step, she and I went for a casual bike ride one day down at the beach and unknowingly, I pushed our enthusiasm a bit too hard and it really knocked her out – and that was just after a couple of easy miles. She’s not an easy one to say “quit” and so I hadn’t realized how much the surgeries had worn her down. Of course, I felt terribly guilty (still do) and after that we just focused on getting her healthy and ready to deal with the impending radiation treatments (all 30 of them over a 6 1/2 week period).
So what’s the point to all this? Lori was a very active, healthy woman and still got cancer, however, she fought hard, kept doing what she could to keep fit without interfering with her recovery and we built her back up to where she’s now riding with me on our road bikes. In a short amount of time we’ve been pumping out 25 miles at a clip with our average speeds right around the 16-17mph mark. In fact, she took me by surprise this past Sunday as I was in front on our ride and turned it up a bit to 19+mph and I looked over my shoulder to see how far back she was and to my surprise, she was right on my wheel.
So, am I bragging a bit about my wife? Hell yes! Do I usually share personal things with others (especially people I don’t know)? Hell No, but I do want to acknowledge was she’s accomplished but also let others know that you’re not down and out unless you decide to be. It may take time and it may be hard, but it is doable and you can make a come back when you approach it slowly, positively and progressively and as you can see, a lot can happen in a year.