RunnerZ Member Posts: 185
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
Almost 9 year stage 3 rectal cancer survivor, diagnosed at age 36. Endured a full year of preoperative treatment, surgery and follow-up chemotherapy. IT SUCKED!! I somehow kept my sanity and even a little of my sense of humor, regained my balance in life and moved back to my home town, a long time dream of mine. On the fourht of July I ran a 10-K in just over 42 minutes, the fastest I have run a 10-k (6.25 miles) in 11 years and even faster than I was in the years before diagnosis. My daughter ran the race as well and I run almost every evening with my son who is turning 12 soon. By fighting cancer with everything I had, I got to be a father, husband, brother, and friend for the past 9 years. They have been real life...not perfect, but a gift nonetheless. Every time I do anything I mark it off on my imaginary list of post-cancer accomplishments. Have ice cream overlooking the lake with the kids...check, see Niagara Falls again...check, Live life to the fullest every day (while keeping a job)...check. Keep fighting you new survivors and you olds ones. It is not an easy road and we did not choose it ourselves, but we're stuck with it! Live strong!


  • jerseysue
    jerseysue Member Posts: 624 Member
    Nice running and well said.
  • StacyGleaso
    StacyGleaso Member Posts: 1,233 Member
    Agree 100%.
  • christeleb
    christeleb Member Posts: 60
    Thanks. You are an inspiration.
  • claud1951
    claud1951 Member Posts: 424 Member
    Congratulations! How nice of you for sharing that.. you are an inspiration.

  • Sam725
    Sam725 Member Posts: 87 Member
    Thanks for the pep talk. We needed it!

  • KathiM
    KathiM Member Posts: 8,028 Member
    ....naked happy dancing....check!

    Hugs, Kathi
  • jams67
    jams67 Member Posts: 925 Member
    KathiM said:

    ....naked happy dancing....check!

    Hugs, Kathi

    OK, Ruuner's attitude and NED need to be celebrated and in your spirit of freedom from cancer dancing naked is liberating. No one's home today so dancing naked with the music turned up and praising God for NEDness seems like such a great idea. Let the Spirit move me!
    Jo Ann
  • Kanort
    Kanort Member Posts: 1,272 Member
    Words well said, Runner! Life is a gift!


  • fedester
    fedester Member Posts: 753 Member
    Great to hear from you!!
    Keep up the great work.
    Happy anniversary my friend!!
    Be well
    Never,ever give up!!