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7 weeks (5 days a week) of radiation to the neck. Every day pinned to the table behind a fitted upper body mask, it would prove to be his toughest opponent ever. Friday’s would bring relief (knowing there was 2 days of no treatments) and then Sunday afternoons would see the return of anxiety as Monday mornings treatment loomed.
All of that brings me to the point of this letter. We were beyond blessed to be treated by Dana Farber Doctors and Staff. How can you ever repay those people for helping you through those dark days? You celebrate them. So I dusted my sneakers off and I will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon. I want to raise money for patient services and to bring awareness and research money to the head and neck cancer team. We learned during treatment that the majority of victims wait almost 10 months before seeing a doctor! Why? Because there isn’t much, if any, pain. Curt waiting 9 days, he knew. Our friend Dave who was helping us with our kids was diagnosed right in the middle of Curts treatment with almost the exact same illness. Do NOT hesitate, a day or two CAN matter. If you suspect something is “off” or “wrong”, see someone!
I know what it is like to be a patient and a caregiver fighting cancer. Please share our story with people you love and especially those who continue to using tobacco products.
Now for me. I’m approaching 50 and it is almost ten years since I ran my last Boston Marathon (this will be my 5th). I’m a little chunkier, a bit more out of shape, and much slower than I used to be. I cannot repeat what my brother said when I asked him to run with me again. I asked Curt if he would want to run the last mile with me. He reminded me that, no lie, he had his heart attack WALKING to greet me at the finish of the NY Marathon. So if you make a day out of watching the marathon know that I will be using your energy to get to the end. If you know me, short of being carried off the course, I will finish knowing that the money I raise will go to help the next family celebrate a year later like us.
Love and Hugs,