First and foremost: Thank you to each of you for your kind words regarding the health of my MIL (and my race effort). I have read every comment (some of you made me cry in a good way) and I am overwhelmed at the amount of support. There is a blessing that comes out of each trial we face and I know that HE has a plan. Enduring the ups and downs will not be easy but with family and friends like you I know our family get through it.
Second: I apologize that I have not been able to respond you each of your comments yet. Please forgive me. Travel to Texas, time with family, doctor visits and then trying to get back to CA has all been kind of a blur. I am home now and gathering my thoughts has been difficult. I feel like I am at a loss for words and for those of you that have met me you know I am a talker. I will make time this weekend to get back to each of you. Thank you for being patient with me.
And now to try to make a long story short…
We left for Tejas at the butt crack of dawn last Saturday. We had a quick layover in Denver and made it to Amarillo with no problem. We were greeted by my BILs, SILs, grandparents, cousins, nephews. You name it. FAM-I-LY. On Sunday we attended Trinity Baptist (my in laws home church) and met a spectacular group of people. I am not sure if I shared this with you all but when my MIL was diagnosed 2 weeks ago her Sunday School group asked her what she needed. She said that seeing her grand babies was it. Well they turned around and raised the money within 48 hours to fly my family to Texas. We are forever indebted to them for their kindness. I still can’t believe that they did that for us. It speaks volumes. VOLUMES. We took family photos that afternoon and then called it a night as treatment was scheduled to start Monday morning.
At 9:45 a.m my MIL checked in to oncology and was there until after 4 p.m. Talk about a long day. They hit her with the most aggressive treatment possible which ended up being 6 bags of fluid (if I recall right it was 5 of chemo, 1 of calcium/vitamin D). She then had a pump hooked up and chemo was slowly administered for 46 more hours. So she basically had 2.5 days of chemo. INSANE. The good news is that the doctor called the cancer “unimpressive” and feels that her odds are better than average. With this type of cancer (pancreatic) that is HUGE. We don’t know how the cancer will react to this treatment but what we do know is attitude is everything. To me unimpressive means she has a fighting chance. Break out the boxing gloves, my MIL is ready to go 12 rounds!
On Tuesday we just spent time together and watched the NBA finals. A huge storm rolled in bringing thunder, rain wind and crazy hail. All of the weather ended up resulting in a loooong trip home on Wednesday. I am talking 12 hours long. I cannot believe my 2 little ones did not completely melt down. They were travel champs. 12 hours. It makes me want to barf thinking about it.
So now we sit and wait. And pray.
Home Sweet Home
Being back home is good. The beach brings peace and serenity. I am allowing myself to recover physically (from Ojai) and emotionally. I have only run twice in the past 2 weeks and am itching to get back to it.
I registered for a 15k on the 4th of July that is a lot of fun. I think I will use it as a tempo since it is time to start training for Chicago! Woohoo! I hope you all are ready for my crazy training posts. Train smart race hard. Time to make Chi town my “PR” race. Whadda ya think about that? Boom. Time to do work.
Okey dokey that’s it for tonight. I need to get some shut-eye so I can be ready for yoga tomorrow morning with the sister. That’s right. She’s coming with. So.much.fun.