Posted by: rl4man | April 23, 2012

Springtime Update

I’ve been meaning to write here and time has just slipped by. Then it got so overwhelming and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. But finally… well, here I am.

First of all, things have not been good with Kevin’s mom. She started back on chemo, but they took out one med and after three treatments, her cancer count continued to rise and the scan showed tumor growth, but fortunately no metastasis. She has continued to struggle with severe pain, but finally after some adjustments to her pain patch, morphine and other meds, they seem to have got it under control somewhat. She has lost way too much weight. Two weeks ago they put her back on the full combo of chemo meds and she had a terrible reaction, but after the first week she started feeling better again, much like the pattern before Christmas. She is back down in Columbus today for the next treatment and we are praying she gets through this one better. We do not know if the nanoknife is even a possibility any more. We don’t want her to suffer like this, but yet we’re not ready for her to give up. She has expressed many times that she’s not sure how much longer she can do it. We are all aching, knowing that our time is so limited with her.

Now for the good news. The 5k I organized was wonderful! We ended up with 71 registrations (68 paid) and 60 finishers. Everything went off without a hitch. Kristi came up to spend a couple nights and she helped me with everything and kept my head screwed on straight. She never fails to come to my rescue. All the ladies seemed to enjoy the event, the weather cooperated (a bit cool in the low 50’s and some wind, but sunny and no rain), and we raised about $500 for the CGWM retreat scholarship fund. There were a few anxious moments and some communication lapses, but everything worked out in the end and it was so much fun. Here are a few pictures:

Me all official as the race director.

Linda Davis, our lead bicyclist for the speedy ladies in the front.

The volunteer kids running their race.

I got special medals for the kids.

Carmen Miller does a fantastic rendition of The National Anthem. Just beautiful.

And the ladies are off!

The Schlumbohm girls doing their directional duties on the course.

Kathryn coming in toward the finish line. She did a great job with motivational C25K emails and making some door prizes.

I wish I had time to go into all the details, but I just don’t really want to put the time into it right now and some of the details are fuzzy now since it’s been over a month. Suffice it to say, it was a great race and I’d love to do it again sometime. Next post, the Glass City Half Marathon.

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