Life happens. Last week my girlfriend’s mother was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her brain. In a whirlwind of a long weekend we drove about 25 hours and spent some time at the hospital ahead of the surgery to remove the tumor.

First off, I am running for the American Cancer Society in Chicago, so if you would like to donate you can through my personal page here. Thank you in advance for anything that you donate.

Training for a marathon gets put in perspective when someone you know is diagnosed with such a serious, life threatening disease.

The process to beating such a terrible disease is a long and painful one. There are up days and down days, times I can imagine that you want to give up and times that you have a renewed confidence that you will win. I’ll find out more as this story unfolds.

It’s a difficult situation to be in, staring a disease like this, undoubtably the biggest challenge of one’s life, in the eyes.

At the end of the day though, people who are diagnosed with cancer don’t have much of a choice. This really is life or death.

At the end of the day, you can battle, you can take all of the medicines, go through all of the chemo, and still not come out on top. That’s the harsh reality of it.

The disease wears on the family and friends as well. Emotional swings, many questions unanswered,  trying to understand, trying to support, trying to stay strong.

There’s only so much that the patient and the family can do. A lot of it is out of the control of everyone.

We’ll get through this. She’ll get through this. She’ll stay strong. She’ll win this fight.

Again, if you so feel inclined to donate to the ACS you can through this link —> DONATE NOW!


Life Happens

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