I am mile 12. When I found out I was mile 12 I cried. I was humbled to be asked to be mile 12. Being mile 12 was suppose to help my friend Nicki but instead I think it helped me even more than it helped her.
Last week Nicki sent an e-mail out to ask for some help from her friends. Nicki was going to run a 1/2 marathon in Victoria, BC on Sunday, October 13. She has been dealing with some very serious health problems over the last year as well as other life issues. As Nicki wrote in her e-mail :
” …I have stubbornly continued to run. It’s felt important to me to run and race because I’ve told myself that, if I can run, I can’t be “that” sick. And, even though my health has been challenging and frustrating, it hasn’t gotten the best of me.”
She was telling her coach how she thought that she might not be able to complete that race. This is what her coach said:
“So this is what you need to do: Use this as a race to focus on the good in your life. Pick 13 positive things or people and dedicate a mile to each of them. Use the energy they will send or give you to get through that mile. Don’t worry or focus on the time, it is not important this time around. You are doing the race because you love running and the race atmosphere. It is a freedom different from other things in your life and brings out your strength and determination. You win by getting to the finish line. So clear your thoughts, focus on you and your loved ones. Make me one of your miles and I will send so much energy you will float to the next miles before you know it. Draw in energy from the greenery around you and there will be plenty of it along this beautiful route. Keep up, not down and know there are a lot of us supporting you.”
That is what Nicki did and she chose me as mile 12:
“Mile 12. Loretta. Because you are one of the strongest, most determined, bad-asses I know. When I need to feel strong, I think of you because you inspire me.”
Why you ask, am I writing about this? I think this is a wonderful idea for anyone going through chemo and/or radiation. A many of you know, before I started treatment I was given a beautiful gift of bracelets, flowers and words of encouragement. I have one bracelet for each week I was having chemo (20) and each radiation session (33).
53 bracelets to remind me of everyone sending me positive thoughts. Well wishes written on slips of colorful paper helping me get through these difficult months. I put the bracelets in a basket that also contains all the words of encouragement. I like to randomly pull one out and read it. The words and the bracelets give me strength.
Nicki completed her 1/2 marathon. I am on the way to completing my treatment. Never underestimate the power of positive energy and the love of friends and family. Never hesitate to ask for their help.