Saturday, October 9, 2010

2010 Race for the Cure

Today was a very important day for Team Blevins.


Today was emotional.

Today was beautiful.

Today was almost perfect.



Today...October 9, 2010 was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Brentwood, TN. This is our 2nd annual race and it was totally different than last year. You see, last year I was still in treatment during the race and didn't really consider myself a survivor since I was still getting treatments. I think it was a protective coping mechanism. I was overwhelmed by the number of people there who were walking in memory of a lost loved one. I was much more sad than I was happy.

This year however, I really felt like a survivor. I am currently a 20 month survivor. This year I saw more survivors and more people walking in celebration of their loved ones. I participated in the Survivor's Parade and looked back at all of the other ladies who were lined up behind the 25 year survivor sign. I noticed the lady who was carrying a huge "5" balloon which signifies that she is CURED! I noticed all these signs of hope everywhere.

But...there was one element of sadness. Kate. I miss her. I wanted her there to walk with me. I wanted to cross that finish line with her. I wanted to share this day with her. Not fair. Not fair at all! Instead of doing those things, I walked in memory of my best friend and chemo buddy. I did "see" her today though. Bare with me and please don't think I'm crazy. On the way to the race, I asked the Lord to please let Kate be with me today...to please give me a glimpse of her in some special way. I kid you not that at the 1 mile mark, a sparrow flew right in front of me...as in I didn't even have to look up to see it, and it landed in the pear tree that we were walking by. I truly believe that the Lord gave me a special glimpse/reminder/hello from Kate and my heart swelled with emotion - joy! It was incredible. Nothing like that has ever happened to me before.

Anyways, we took in every element of the day from the Survivor-palooza breakfast to the tents with free items, the parade, the race, etc... It was amazing. No more speaking as our pictures are worth more than 1000 words.

Much love to each of you who have encouraged, prayed for, and blessed our family with your kindness and love. There is nothing that could repay you except to say that we love you and are eternally grateful to have you in our lives.


My sweet Chloe


My Super Hero - The BreastMan!


Carb loading with a cookie before the race

He needs all the carbs he can get. He can't afford to lose any weight :)


This ribbon means the world to Team Blevins 4.0


David with the Hooters Girl


Family photo op

Loved all the T-Shirts...especially this one since I went to Vandy for treatments


Lord only knows what he is looking at


Funny shirt...there were so many great ones


Walking in memory of my sweet friend


Walking in celebration of ME!


Lining up for the Survivor Parade


Do you see the numbers? They represent how many years you have been cancer free. 5 is considered cured and I am determined to make it to that one and then eventually to the 25 years and beyond!



LOVE these shirts!


Family pic again with David's cousin and his soon to be wife!


Lined up for the race


Chloe walking for a cure


She is really on the move...you go girl! The carb loading worked!


Rainbow Care Bear...slightly creepy looking!

Post-race...tired, sweaty, but happy to be here in the company of people with a common goal.

3 comments:

  1. This was awesome Kelly! I looked for you, but could not find you :( I watched some of the survivors finish and it was pretty emotional for me. I can only imagine what you were feeling!

    Take care and congrats on this monumental victory!
    Nichole

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  2. What a wonderful post! You and your family are such an encouragement to me. Love you and cant wait to meet you in person SOON!

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