We’re moving

Cancer is all around me these days.

My good friend and running buddy, Teri, passed away after a year and a half of living vigorously with the beast. There are too many good things to say about her and others have already said them. So I’ll leave it at that.

I do keep thinking back to how we met. I was marathon training and planned to finish the last 3 miles of my 20 mile long run with some local moms who met regularly. Except for Teri was the only one who showed up. She definitely carried me that day.

I don’t know what that says. I just keep thinking about it.

Around Thanksgiving my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was at the Denver Children’s Museum when my mom texted me. It had spread to her lungs. There was a clot. Ruby was dressed up in a squirrel costume and I felt like I was living in some kind of alternate reality.

The last I heard from Teri was a text apologizing for not being able to talk to me about my mom. She could barely drink water at that point. Yet still trying to carry me I suppose.

This weekend we’re traveling to Denver to look at houses. Ours sold yesterday. We’re moving. From the end of one cancer and one chapter in life to the beginning of another.

It’s sad, but there are also moments of joy. My mom heard good news today that her body is responding well to chemo. And I’m looking forward to watching Elway play the Super Bowl on the big screen in my parents basement.

11 thoughts on “We’re moving

  1. We will miss you guys so much but when the good Lord is pushing us to do something, it’s important for us to listen! I admire the fact that you guys are literally dropping everything to be with your mom (a decision you will never regret)! I’m praying for you guys and your mom! Please keep us posted.

    • Thanks Lindsay 🙂 You really don’t have to admire us though. I keep telling people I’m doing this for selfish reasons and not really “for” my mom. I mean, she’s happy we’re moving there. But really I just want the time with her. It’s all about me. 😉

  2. I’ve only met you a couple of times but I’m sad to see you go, especially under the circumstances. However, I think it’s such a great thing that you’re doing to go be with your mom! I’m not sure if this helps but my step mom was diagnosed with stage four cancer, started in her lungs and spread to her lymph nodes. After several treatments she’s actually doing very well! They had given her only two years to live and at the last doctor visit the doctor actually told her he’s now changed that prognosis to a much longer one. My point is, there’s hope and people do respond to treatment well. I hope and pray your mom is one of them. Good luck in Denver, you’ll be missed.

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your step mom! Boo cancer! That does help though. The stage four diagnosis can feel pretty depressing. It’s nice to be reminded that there’s still hope.

  3. First, cancer sucks.
    Second, what kind of work are you looking for?
    Third, there is a running group I know of – RIOT on facebook – if you are interested. I am slow but if you ever need a slow running buddy, let me know.
    Fourth, look at all the amazing support you have. Wow.


    • I love this comment. It’s like a five paragraph essay. Except for a 4 bullet comment. I’m going to reply in similar format.

      First, YES.
      Second, I’ve actually been meaning to bug you about this. I reached out to Cassy, who suggested I also talk to Michelle, who suggested I also talk to you. So I’ve been meaning to message you for awhile but have been caught up with home selling and buying. (Note to self – this probably does not reflect well on me as a job candidate…)
      Third, I would LOOOOOVE a slow running buddy. Seriously. I’m so slow. And I haven’t even been running lately. AND I’m moving to altitude. You will probably regret mentioning this because I will probably hold you back.
      Fourth, totally agree. OMG. WOW.

  4. Hey long time… I am so sorry to hear you’re going through a hard time. I’m glad your mom’s treatment is going well. I know what you mean about cancer being all around 😦 I feel the same way 😦 Within the past 2-2.5 years 4 very close people to me (including my mom) were diagnosed with different types of cancer 😦 There are days when I am still waiting to wake up from a nightmare.
    I wish all the best to your mom. And good luck with the move.
    Hey here’s my email if you need to talk/vent/etc. air.bear77(at)gmail.com

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