BENEFITING: American Cancer Society
Two of my closest friends are battling cancer. They are my unsung heroes. Everyday they make decisions that take courage and tenacity. Everyday they are faced with decisions most of us do not have to contend with. Everyday they wake up, and despite their circumstances, and despite their feelings, they choose to push through the difficult times instead of giving up. They are the quiet heroes; the ones who never complain in spite of debilitating fatigue, pain, nausea, and countless other side effects. They have learned the art of accepting the things they cannot change, and changing the things they can. They find a way to enjoy life rather than dwelling on the anxiety, pain, suffering and uncertainties that accompany such a diagnosis. They are learning to live in the present and do one day at a time. They take every opportunity to encourage others though they are the ones most in need of encouragement. It is their families and loved ones that come to mind first when they consider the ramifications of their diagnosis. And everytime they have to endure another treatment, it is their love for their families that keep them fighting. Though they have ups and downs, good days and bad days, they do not succumb to self pity. They refuse to let Cancer define who they are. And they have chosen to invest their time and energies into what matters most: relationships. Thank you Jen and Sha for being an inspiration to me and countless others, for modeling what it means to persevere and have courage under fire. I know neither of you would consider yourselves courageous and certainly not heroes, but you make the hall of fame in my book. So in honor of both of you I will be running the Seattle Tough Mudder 2017 and will be raising funds to support the American Cancer Society.