Thursday morning, March 17th, 9 am:
I had a wonderful night’s sleep last night, and feel better this morning than I did last night. This round of chemo, round #4, has been pretty up and down. Had a really rough night last night and my poor mom had to clean up some really unspeakable messes. Oh how I pray this cancer business is over soon, for ALL of us.
Three important things to write about today:
1. My next CT scan will be one week from today: Thursday, March 24th, at 10:50 am. My prayer remains the same: God – work a miracle. Eradicate ALL of the cancerous cells. I’ve been reading back through the stories of healing in the New Testament. Can’t really find an example of Jesus or his apostles saying, “No, you don’t need to be healed yet. You need to go through this for a few more months before I show compassion.” Sure, Jesus had to put off a couple of people for a few days, but then the healing was full and complete. Someone feel free to correct me if I’m missing a story. If the fullness of God is in me, if the same Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead is in me, then why not? Why not?
2. This is one of those times when I feel trapped by the English language, when I feel inadequate. I want to tell the members of “Team Journey” thank you for an indescribably moving day and I don’t think the words exist to describe just how much it meant to me. Team Journey was put together by my first college roommate, Debbie Black Rose, to run in the Colon Cancer Coalition’s 5k in Chattanooga this past Saturday. To Debbie’s and my surprise, the team ended up being 45 people strong (the largest team at the event) and raising $1500 dollars (the largest amount raised by a team) with 12 different sponsors. Amazing.
To look around that beautiful morning and see “Team Journey” shirts everywhere, amazing. To see college friends I haven’t seen and have hardly spoken to in 10 years run in a race wearing a shirt that says, “supporting Sara” – I’m fighting back tears just thinking about it. Many of them were really pushing their bodies to run that distance and I thought about how they were enduring physical discomfort just to show love and support for me. Sweet Cassie said, “Ran my first 5k in about 15 years, but I can’t think of a better reason to make my “comeback” than to show Sara our support!” Dear Ashlee walked it even though she is several months pregnant! As I stood on the sidelines and cheered for the team close to the finish line, my beautiful sister ran past me, openly crying, and I lost it. My sister, who was running her very first race ever, pushed herself hard because she knew I was wanting to run, that I would be out there running it if I could, but she was doing it for me. It was something she could do. After the race, members of Team Journey who had never met me, but were friends of other team members, came up to me, looked me in the eye, shook my hand, and said, “It was an honor to run for you.” So moving.
To EVERYONE that was a part of this special day – sponsors, runners, family, cheer-ers – thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
(I’m posting several pictures from the day on the “photos” page. )
3. This event made me change my mind about posting about “The Walker Run.” For those who don’t know, my amazing physical therapy class has put together a 5k walk/run in Brentwood on April 9th. I’ve been hesitant to “advertise” it myself because technically the funds raised are going to us. I’m so appreciative of that, as I’ve obviously been unable to work for several months; however, I’m sure you can imagine my hesitancy in asking people to come out to it myself. But then I decided, I don’t think this thing is really about me. It’s about God’s people and the BIG ways they can show love! It’s about the message on the t-shirts: savoring the sweetness of life one day at a time – that message needs to get out. I don’t want anyone who would have liked to have been at the event to miss out and find out about it later, thinking, “Oh, if I had only known about it I would have been there.”
So, here’s the info:
The Belmont Physical Therapy Class of 2003 would like to invite everyone to participate in:
“The Walker Run, Live for Today”
Date: April 9, 2011
Time: 8:00 a.m. (registration, sign-in 7:00 a.m.)
Location: Brentwood High School
This 5K fun run/walk is designed to help support Sara and her family as they walk this road and continue savoring life.
Additional information and registration forms are available at: www.thewalkerrun.weebly.com
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We encourage you to SAVOR your own journey and join us in “The Walker Run, Live for Today”
Also, there is at least one group of people in Ohio who can’t come down for the race: BUT they are officially registering so they can get their shirts (with the great message!) and they are getting together to walk/run that day on their own. They are going to take a picture of their team and send it my way. For those who may not be able to come to Nashville, if you want to go for a walk that day where you are, just to show me your support, please send me a picture of you walking! 🙂
Thank you so much for everything you do for me. I’m so blessed to be walking this road with so many cheering me (us) on!