cancer survivor

four weeks. transitions.

Originally Published on October 7, 2013

Hello pumpkins!

Yes, I am back at it!  Four weeks from now is the NYC Marathon.  On Sunday, November 3, I will be hitting the streets of NYC with my fellow Fred’s Team runners raising crucial funds for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer.  As many of you know, these past few months have been ones full of courage, learning, inspiration and transitions.  I was not accepted into the part-time program at NYU Stern for my MBA, but will revisit applying again next Fall.  I left my full-time job to begin freelance event production and I’m currently working on an exciting project that is taking me around the country visiting 10 college campuses over 5 weeks.  As an avid traveler and open soul, this has been an incredible experience for me.

My marathon training has been challenging with my new schedule – my weekday runs have been scarce and I even missed a long run.  This is such a stark contrast to my rigorous and dedicated marathon training from 2012.  That said, I am learning flexibility and compassion toward myself.  Even through the disappointment of missing some runs, each time I get out there -- it is a form of meditation.  My mind transitions from listening to song lyrics to chatting with my running soul mate, Meg, to thinking about my to-do’s to pushing to clear my mind so it can recharge – and it does just that every time: recharge.  Long distance running has been such a wonderful outlet for me since my diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma nearly 6 years ago.

Next year, I turn 30…another transition.  The big 3-0…and will mark 5 years in remission – which means you are considered cured in the cancer world! YAY!  I feel so honored to be here and celebrate each moment, smile, day, milestone with each and every one of you.  I am full of gratitude because of what I learn from each of you.  Thank you for being open and sharing your sunshine with the world.  I have to leave you with my most favorite quote that I deeply believe in: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” -- Mahatma Gandhi

I hope you will consider supporting me as I raise critical funds for MSKCC’s Survivorship Program – you will provide survivors like myself with a better quality of life post-treatment through comprehensive services, clinics and research.

More soon.

Hugs and cider donuts,

Laur (Chi)