Posts Tagged ‘Boston marathon’

Here we go again. (Round 5)

January 2, 2012

m almost to the half-way mark. Tomorrow will be my fifth round of chemo. I need to complete six rounds of chemo treatments after which we re-stage. This means I need another PET/CT scan to see if I am responding to the current treatment. We are looking for the shrinking of the six nodules in my lungs, at best no nodules at all. Yes!

But as they say, we take it one step at a time and perhaps enjoy the moment. Last Saturday, my wife and I did six miles at the lakefront. It was a beautiful sunny but cold day. There were other runners taking advantage of day but I think most of them are Boston-bound (Boston marathon April 16). I can only dream of qualifying for Boston or maybe I run use Frank’s qualifying time (see related post ‘I am ready‘)…hehe.

Another dream is running NYC marathon. Well today they opened up the lottery registration so I signed up. This is my fourth time to enter the lottery and hopefully I get lucky this year. If not, there is always next year. Yes, one must never lose hope, like I will be cancer-free some day. Not today, definitely not tomorrow, but one of this day.


P.S.  The plan is to attend my 5:15 am spinning class then go to the cancer center to ‘gas’ up.  🙂  Have a good day.

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I am ready.

November 7, 2011

omorrow, November 8th, I will be starting the first of 12 chemotherapy cycles to address the metastatic nodules found in both my lungs. It will be my third time to go through this (colon in 2008 and liver mets in 2010) and it is not something I really wanted to do.  In fact, since finding out that my cancer is back again I have been dreading the day I go back for chemo. My journey has taken me to many twist and turns without knowing if ever I will be free of cancer.  I just go on one-step at a time savoring every opportunity given.

Last week, I was in Atlanta  for work and had the opportunity to bond with colleagues I have not seen for a while. I am glad I went there for it allowed me to renew friendships (Frank, Artie, Jim, and Henrik) and establish new ones (Bill and Anji). It boosted my confidence that after I am done with my treatments, given another opportunity, I may see them again.

Especially, Frank who finished the Frankfurt marathon last October 30 in very good time to qualify for Boston next year. I asked him to bring his medal so I can see, then he surprised me.

“Are you sure?”  I said, while admiring his medal.

“Why don’t you take it and wear it on the day of your chemo? When you want to give up (in your treatment), just look at it.” I was touched by the gesture.

I know runners and their medals. I have mine hanging in my bedroom as a reminder of the hardship and sweetness of finishing a marathon. Runners wear them with pride no matter what time they finish. In Frank’s case, the Frankfurt medal qualified him again to Boston; the most elite event among amateur runners. It is as close as I can get to making it to Boston.

I got to make it. I got to finish these treatments so I can get back out there, perhaps to Berlin and hook up with Frank in 2012. Something to look forward to.

I am ready. Even my cancer cells are ready. They are plump from eating wonderful chocolates by Ghirardelli after the weekend’s Hot Chocolate race. Cancer loves sugar, you know. Now that they are well-fed, it is time to line up against the wall and meet your destiny.  Die, suckers.  Hasta la vista, baby!

Danke. Salamat, Tak. Abhinandana. Thanks.

Me and Frank the Boston Qualifier


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