It's hard to believe that less than 3 weeks from now I will be running the Boston Marathon.
A year and a half ago, I layed in my bed at Beth Israel, on Feldberg 7, as a bone marrow marrow transplant patient. I told myself then, that one day, once my myeloma was under control, I would come back to run this marathon in honor of the spectacular team that cared for me. Truth be told, I did not think running a marathon would be in the cards, but I knew I’d get creative and give it my all with the same tenacity and focus that the Beth Israel Team demonstrates every day to treat their cancer patients and research cures.
So, I am doing this race, because I CAN. I can, not only because I am tenacious, stubborn, and a bit insane, but because I have had the help and support of an incredible medical team, friends and family. I am running to say thank you for what they made possible. I am also running to provide hope to all myeloma and cancer patients that they too, with treatment progress and proper care, have the option to inflict the voluntary pain of running a marathon upon themselves should they desire. :-) Cancer ain't gonna stop us!!! AND, I am running to raise the funds to ensure state of the art facilities like Beth Israel have the support they need to continue to do their amazing work that benefits so many.
I can't thank the transplant team enough, which includes the nurses, doctors, nurse assistants and all the support staff-including housekeeping, that was always so kind and attentive, warm and encouraging during all my visits and my month long inpatient care. These are the everyday heros that help us get through the roughest parts of our treatments and allow us to feel human and empowered through it all.
I am immensely grateful for the seemless coordination of my complicated case and for thecontinuity of care across all disciplines. With all the odd things my immune system was doing , I got the grand tour with a lovely receivng line from cardiology, opthamology, gastroenterology, dermatology....and a bunch of other ologies too!!! During such a fragile time in my life, the smooth orchestration of all of this was huge.
So when I run on April 16th, 26.2 miles, it's for all of those at Beth Israel Deaconess who tirelessly help us cancer patients in our marathon back to wellness. They go the extra mile for us everyday. AND, It is to support all the doctors and researchers that have incredulously found the energy to transform their compassion for treating patients into a passion for the finding cures.
Soooo, please send lots of awesome energy my way on April 16th to provide all the good karma I need for 26.2 miles and if you can, make a donation of any size, to support Beth Israel in their mission to make life better for all cancer patients..... and to hopefully find a cure!!!
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