Thursday, April 18, 2013
Marathoners, Melanoma, iPhone photos and Super Heroes
I saw this license plate three times over the course of one week... Every. single. time. my heart lurched just a bit. Some of you know I've struggled to get past not being able to run anymore (knee). When I would see this, I would think about how some people run and how some people are runners. Letting go of the "I am a runner" part of my life has been hard... very hard. Ultimately, seeing this X RUNR tag gave me an odd little sense of comfort... I am an ex-runner.
The tragedy at the Boston Marathon this week is devastating. I cannot begin to fathom the thinking that makes someone desire to hurt others like that.
I was asked if I thought people would run the Boston Marathon again. My answer is a resounding, "Yes!" While most marathons don't, Boston Marathon requires that you qualify by running a certain time for your age; I never ran that fast. You can be sure that the people who do qualify are runners... to their very core. They don't give in; they don't give up; they don't listen to the voice that says it would be easier to quit. They are used to overcoming pain; to pushing past the wall; to thriving; to diving deep in their souls for the will to push on to the finish. Those who can will be back. They will not succumb to the darkness, to the evil. They will carry the torch for those who can't. I will carry it for them in my heart.
On the next subject, one year ago this week, I was about to have surgery on my leg for this melanoma. If there is anything the combination of this memory and the events in Boston says, it is to enjoy each day. We NEVER know how many days we have. I was so very lucky that they could remove this entire thing and that it had not spread. One of my favorite blog friends was not so fortunate; she passed away earlier this year. Get your check-up. The warning signs:
A: asymmetry. One half unlike the other half.
B: border. Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
C: color. varied from one area to another. shades of tan and brown, black: sometimes white, red or blue
D: diameter. while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
E: evolving. a mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
Now, this... well, it just makes me smile... a texted photo of My Little Roo, usually in such a good humor; he dances along through life hearing his own sweet music. But, he can throw himself down in a pure little hissy-fit when he feels it is required... with real, crocodile-size tears. If you don't believe me, just deny him some M&Ms. His Little Momma is so good... she doesn't give in to the tantrums. Noni... well, I offer the M&Ms before he has to ask. ;)
And, on another smiling note... we all need our Super Heroes... these two caped crusaders just make my days. I'm so thankful for the invention of texting photos!
Enjoy every. single. breath... every. single. moment. with your loved ones... every. single. chance. you have to give thanks... These moments are precious.
blessings ~ tanna