Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Relay For Life

Awhile ago I was approached by some of my friends in the neighborhood with a fundraising idea to raise money to help pay our hospital bills. I was so overwhelmed by their kindness and generosity. Yes, our hospital bills have been quite high. Fortunately we were blessed to have been given some money by some loved ones to help pay the bills. In addition, we are lucky to have wonderful healthcare insurance through Jason's company. So instead of raising money to help us, my friends decided that the money they raise should be given to the American Cancer Society. Thus the Clover Ridge Crusader's team for the Relay for Life was formed. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone on campuses across the country a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out a local high school, college campus, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. The Clover Ridge Crusaders will be taking turns walking/running for 24 hours straight to raise money for cancer awareness. I hope to be well enough to be a part of this event and walk with my friends. It will be an amazing experience. There is a survivor lap that I am especially looking forward to walk. I don't know if I would be considered an official survivor yet or if I qualify to walk this lap. But I would like to walk along the side of hundreds of others that have struggled through cancer and survived. What a powerful moment that will be. I am proud of myself...proud of what I have accomplished and what I have survived. I want to celebrate! And I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to participate in the Relay For Life. I am going to do my part and try to raise money for the event, for cancer awareness and for a cure. If you are interested in helping me and my team to raise money, please go to my Relay for Life website at: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/skarrmann. It is my personal goal to raise $1,000. Any amount you could give would be greatly appreciated. And if you are interested in joining our team, please let us know.

Recovery is still going very slow. The swelling in my face is still there..the cast on my leg is still there...and the infection in my face is still there. The doctor placed me back on antibiotics again. I am getting a little concerned and hope that this infection will not complicate things. It is so frustrating when things to do not progress and it feels like I am taking steps backwards. I have another appointment on Monday and I am hoping that I will get the OK to start walking without the assistance of a walker. My biggest battle this past week has been trying not to go down the road of "what-ifs". What if the surgery didn't work? What if the cancer is still there? What if my face will always look funny? What if I will never run again? It is definitely a mind game the enemy is trying to play on me. If I had something to occupy my time and my mind, it would be easy to not go down this road. But because I have a lot of time on my hands I spend a lot of time thinking. Thus, the what ifs start to happen. It will be nice to have a goal to raise money for the Relay for Life. Something to strive for. Something that will give me a sense of accomplishment. Something to occupy my time. This is something I really need in my life right now.

Please pray for this infection in my face to go away and that recovery will begin to move forward again. I want to thank all of you that have been sending me surprises in the mail for Valentines Day or to bring cheer into my life. The surprises have been wonderful!

I love you all!

Sue

3 comments:

The Rakows said...

hi Sue,
i've been reading your blog for a few months...and praying for you... i was drawn to your blog b/c my mom is a cancer survior...cancer of the tonsils...and she's now having some potentially serious trouble with her teeth/jaw (side effect of radiation)...
after chemo and radiation, she had an infection at the site of a surgery (radical neck dissection)...it took awhile for it to go away...a month or more... i think that healing just takes longer now...

but, i wanted to tell you she's having hyper baric treatments now and that's promoting the healing to the jaw and gums... apparently, radiation almost destroys your small vessels in the areas where you were radiated the most... this hinders the blood flow and thus impedes your ability to heal and fight infection...
she's had a few infections come up in the last few months...and the hyper baric chamber has helped... perhaps this is something that can also help you heal...
she's having 40 hyper baric sessions...they're painless (except for having your ears pop) and within around 10 or so "dives," amazingly, your body shows signs of quicker healing... :)

many blessings to you, my blogger friend... :) i stand in awe of you... :)

Anonymous said...

You ARE a Survivor, and by all means you qualify for the Survivor's Lap, Sue! It means so much to me to be sharing in this race with you. To have you there--alive and kicking, raising money to help others fighting this disease. It's an amazing privilege! We may be on different teams, but in reality everyone participating in the relay is on ONE BIG team. That night will be so fun and heartfelt.

Okay, and The Chariots of Fire music is cracking me up.

Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way,

Cheri

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