Thursday, January 21, 2010

The First Step is the Hardest! January 2010

I have always wanted to do the Susan Komen 3 Day for the Cure to honor my mother's courageous fight with breast cancer 17 years ago. Every year I would debate doing it and ultimately was afraid to try to raise the money you are required to raise. Well, this year.... after my own fight with breast cancer and along with the inspiration of my beautiful and strong breast cancer survivor friend, Sherri, here I go. 3 Days and 60 miles - a minimum commitment of $2,300 and a personal goal of raising $5,000.  Sherri tells me the hard part is not raising money, it's all the training that goes in to getting your body ready to do 60 miles in 3 days...... I'm more worried about the fundraising - but I'm ready!!!

The moment I committed to the walk, my sister-in-law, Cheryl immediately also committed - without me even begging or coercing (which I'm pretty good at). I'm so floored and grateful that she would take this walk beside me, it goes beyond words. She has been beside me every single moment since my diagnosis, and I'm so glad to know we can take this uplifting, meaningful and challenging journey together. Can't imagine doing this without Cheryl beside me to remind me that the glass is not just 1/2 full -- it's at least 3/4 full!!

And then there is my friend Vicky. Every exercise goal I have ever had involves Vicky. She is the best workout buddy and friend anyone could wish for. I just never thought she would do this challenge with me, because, like me - she is most afraid of fundraising. The day she called me to say she was stepping outside her comfort zone in my honor was truly incredible. Yes, tears. I'm so happy to know I don't have to do 60 miles without my drill sargent beside me.

So, it's the 4 of us (unless of course we recruit any more crazies) and we are calling our team  "The Tough Warrior Princesses." Why? A Tough Warrior Princess is a strong female personality, determined in the pursuit of her goals and often eager to do take on a typical 'man's work' like fighting wars or performing manual labor to accomplish those goals -- when of a royal backround, a woman warrior may be called a warrior princess.    Well, we may not be from royal backgrounds, and we may not really be eager to take on lots of physical work -- but we are ready to take on the war of fighting breast cancer and are ready to accomplish any goal.

I'm proud of us already!

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