BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
My story is this. Last year in January I ended up in ER with chest pain, I was scared out of my mind as my husband and I have always been the sole caregivers to our sons Nikolas, 16 & Lucas 14. I just kept thinking that I wasn't ready to go because my job wasn't done. What would my husband do without me taking care of things? As I prayed I realized that all these things that we're going thru my mind were things that I was trying to control instead of letting go and let God take care of things. Let go and let God, many of us hear but how many of us really do it? I was blessed to get a clean bill of health, but never finding out the cause of my chest pain. I returned to the one thing in my life that always make sense; running. In June while slicing a mango and not paying attention I sliced a tendon on my right hand pinky. I didn't bleed etc so I put butterfly bandaids and went about life. 5 days later I couldn't make a fist or open a jar. As it turned out I was going for physical so I mentioned it to my doctor, who told me to see a hand specialist right away. A week later I saw dr. who said I only had a small window before tendon coulb be repaired. The week before my surgery I ran my first 5K in a very long time. A week later I had surgery. In all my years of being alive, I've never had stitches, cast, broken bone. So I got 10 stitches & this awful hand splint that made a cast look appealing. Again the instead of letting God take care of things I "Super Guatemalan Woman" had to be humbled and accept help from others. I have always prided myself on my super woman abilities. God had other plans. I started hand therapy begrudgingly, I didn't not make a good first impression with my hand therapist, but that didn't stop her from showing me what I needed to do so that I could go back to using my dominant hand again. Almost 3 weeks later I again ended up in ER with kidney stones in both sides, and lithotripsy to remove the biggest one, 4 weeks later a second procedure to remove scar tissue on my pinky so that I could get more movement. Throughout all this I learned that I am human, that it was ok to let others help, I was lucky to have people in my life who could be there both physically and spiritually. It made the difference. I continued my running, my solace and my calm. while running I am reminded that thru God all things are possible and that I am lucky that I still can in my middle aged years.
Late November I got the call that Jack was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic cancer. That was one of the saddest news to hear. Nothing that I went thru the previous months mattered, they became trivial. Jack my brothers' partner of 21 years (Edwin) The person who whenever we saw was always happy, healthy and yes made friends wherever he went. My boys called him Tío Jack. Jack continued to live his life, got treatment and care from my brother who is a nurse And advise from his physician and team of educated people to helped him thru his battle. He turned to God for comfort and God was there to carry him with open arms. I know that I have taken life for granted and was reminded that anything can happen in a blink. Our days here on earth are a gift from God. Jack passed away May 5, with my brother at his side along with his sister and his nephew and wife. Both he and my brother were surrounded by many loving, positive and caring people. We hear of many people diagnosed with many diseases, cancer etc. What I didn't know that Pancreatic cancer is not easily detected until its advanced. There needs to be more that we can do to bring more awareness and education in the treatment of all cancers, especially those so much harder to detect, heart decease, diabetes. For my part when running this race is to remember a person who was loved by many and who will be missed by many. To raise funds in the hopes that I can hope that maybe just maybe we won't see so many loved ones leave us by these deadly cancers. That there's hope. To be honored to run and cross the finish line for those who will be there in spirit. I know Jack will certainly be there in spirit.
To know that there's hope thru love, faith and hope.
Thank You in advance for your support