“The older we get, the more loved ones we lose to accidents and illness. Their passing is always tragic and far too soon. I sometimes think about what these friends — and the people who love them — wouldn’t give for more time in a body that was healthy. A body that would allow them to live just a little longer. The size of that body’s thighs or the lines on its face wouldn’t matter. It would be alive and therefore it would be perfect.
Your body is perfect too. It allows you to disarm a room with your smile and infect everyone with your laugh. It gives you arms to wrap around Violet and squeeze her until she giggles. Every moment we spend worrying about our physical ‘‘flaws’’ is a moment wasted, a precious slice of life that we will never get back.”
Rodney Carrington. This gets me every time I hear it. Can hardly hold back the tears. God bless our troops who can’t be with their families. God bless the families that keep the fires at home burning brightly.
There are only 96 days until this event and I cannot run more than 3 miles right now and that’s not really consecutive miles, either!
I did a jog/walk thing this morning. 2 miles on the treadmill and 1 mile run/walk when I got home from the gym since I still had some time to spare before taking Stinkerbell to school. Hal suggests 3 miles for today. Well, I did the 3 miles. I just didn’t do them consecutively:) But I am working on it. I find I do my best work when I am pressed for time, and that applies to all aspects of my life- work, home, deadlines- you name it. I don’t doubt I will do this thing. I just wanna run at least half of it.
The JDRF race organizer asked me why I chose to take the Team JDRF challenge for the half marathon a couple of weeks ago. I replied with my honest answer…that I said I’d NEVER to it again, given the aftermath of the last one I did and my inability to walk for three days. But as we know, I’ve changed my tune. She asked if she could publish my reply, hoping to get more runners on the team. I told her she could use my story, and apparently more runners have signed up- not due to my story, by any means- but I am really hopeful for a good turnout at this event. You just don’t know how precious research organizations will be to you until you or someone you love becomes immediately affiliated due to learning of an illness or disease. I showed my T1D the response I sent to JDRF. I hope she knows how proud I am of her. I hope she’s proud of me when I finish this thing.
You can read my personal page here: http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/dmgraham. If you feel so inclined to donate to my fundraising efforts, know that I am appreciative. But I am also just as appreciative for you reading here…for your kind messages and texts/comments.
And this little blurb is what appears on the JDRF Eastern NC Chapters facebook wall. Not sharing to toot my horn. Sharing to share my love for my T1D. She’s the reason this is important to me. It takes $$ to do research to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. It’s my prayer that a cure is found in her lifetime. I am just doing my part while I am here and able to do it.
This is happening in 99 days! After the first half marathon I completed last spring, I said I wouldn’t. I said I couldn’t. But I can and I will:) For my T1D, Stinkerbell.
I am turning 45 in a few weeks. I am not a runner. I remember the pain associated with recovering from that race like it was a few minutes ago. Hardest damn thing I’ve ever done physically. Haley has a different kind of pain. Hers is not temporary- mine is. So, it’s on.