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Welcome 2010

January 1, 2010

was just reading my January 1, 2009 post in my old blog.  What struck me was my plan to distance myself from cancer.  I had just completed six-months of chemotherapy in October 2008, and I was so ready to start a new beginning for 2009.  In reverence to the coming new year, I marked that first day of 2009 by going to mass and running 5 laps around the track in cold weather.  That was the offering.

An offering to the idea conceived in September 2007 of finishing my first marathon.  It was not a bucklist (American slang; to list things you want to do before you hit the bucket or die) idea.  The purpose was to contain my blood pressure problems then.  Through a circuitous route that included colon cancer diagnosis followed by treatments in March 2008, I crossed the finish line on October 2009.  Along the way discovered myself again (and more).  I was able to:

  • raise money for American Cancer Society as a Charity Runner
  • gained confidence in my running abilities
  • renewed old friendships, made new ones, and deepened commitments to those I love
  • go home to the Philippines to give thanks to those who prayed for my recovery
  • channel my renewed energy towards a productive work year

I should not complaint inspite of a relapse.  I was given a chance and made the most of  what was given.  ‘Carpe Diem’ (Seize the Day).  Make the most of what is given no matter how small or insignificant because it is a gift of life or opportunity.  I have used this Latin phrase by Horace in all my business closing mails but I personalized with it with an “*” so it reads “Carpe Diem (asterisk)*”.  The asterisk is to remind me that my cancer can come back.  A footnote to myself.   A reminder.  A pause.  An asterisk that I claim.

So my cancer is back and I am at the start of a new year.  A new beginning.  Others may have new year’s resolution, I have new year goals…modest goals; because I know 2010 will be challenging.  They are;

2010 wishlist?  Only one.  Run the NYC Marathon on November 7, 2010.  Ironically, I just received my New York Road Runner membership in the mail.  I signed up to run New York last November 2009 not knowing my cancer is back and it includes the membership.  I will know if I qualify March 2010.  Now, wouldn’t that be interesting if I get in?

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts.  It’s the life in your years – Abraham Lincoln.

Happy New Year, everybody!

PS:  My chemo infusion will start soon, in the meantime, I am eating my way to store strength…M&Ms included (Thanks, Stan).

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