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Friday, June 3, 2011

Tomorrow's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Tomorrow's Race for the Cure will be my 7th race as a breast cancer survivor.  I can still remember my first Race in 2005.  As you can see, my hair was just starting to come in.  I had returned to work full time and had started to go to work without a scarf about a couple of weeks before.  The race was on June 4th and I had finished my chemo treatments at the end of February and finished my radiation in mid April.  I still had my portacath, which is installed under your skin and was used to make infusions easier on both you and the nurses.  No searching for a vein - one simple stick and the nurse had direct access.  Since I was receiving a chemo drug called Herceptin on a weekly basis for a year, this port stayed in until the beginning of 2006.

I was 49 years old and finished the race in 31:32.


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Today I received my race bag.  So as a Survivor, what is in my race goody bag?  Lots of stuff!

  • the bag is a pink carrying bag, (reusable grocery bag) sponsored by All Comfort Services, a local heating and air conditioning company
  • a Warrior inspired scarf, sponsored by Ford
  • a bottle of water, sponsored by Enterprise Car rental
  • a Sobe drink
  • Goat's milk bar of soap
  • bags of raspberry tea
  • chap stick, sponsored by Johnson Bank
  • Revelon hair spray
  • A furry pink box, that must be to hold lip stick based on the divided insert?
  • Pizza coupons,
  • $25 off from The Diamond Center
  • $25 off from Pink Warrior USA
  • $10 off New Balance
  • A copy of Madison magazine
  • Pink Race for the Cure Survivor tee shirt
  • Regular Race for the Cure tee shirt
  • Pink Race Bib
  • Pink Hat sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity

Tomorrows race will be a HOT one!  I really hate to complain about the weather - I usually simply Take what comes . . .  but we have really experienced some weird weather in the mid-west this spring - it is either unseasonably cold - or unseasonably hot . . . right now we are in a "unseasonably hot couple of days" period.  As I write this, I am sitting on my screen porch, the time is 7:57PM and the temperature is 89.  That is not normal temperatures for WI at the beginning of June.  The Normal high at this time of year is 75 - so we are way outside of the norm.  Of course with these hot temperatures our dew point is also high - so that means that the temp's tomorrow morning are likely to be warm and muggy.  Great!  While I love hot humid weather - I don't like to run in it.

But I am going to embrace the warmth and give it all I have. I just checked tomorrows forecast and at 8:00AM, they are predicting a temperature of 75 with a humidity level of 81% . . .  warm and muggy . . .  I will certainly get a chance to EMBRACE the warmth.

Wish me luck - I am off to drink a big glass of water - take the dog for a short walk - drink another glass of water - head to bed (yes I turned the air conditioning on when I got home from work today).

Tomorrow, hopefully I will have wings on and will be able to fly through the race . . .  not likely . . . but I can hope!

back tomorrow for a short recap!



  1. Good luck tomorrow Linda! You look beautiful in that picture...I love your smile.

  2. Good Luck tomorrow!! I'm a five+ year survivor (stage IV as of 2 years ago, and I'm 35). I've done the race for the cure for the last 2 years in VT.

  3. Amazing. You're going to do GREAT I swear! Good Luck!