It was on July 6, 2017 that my running world halted. On this day, I received my diagnosis of prostatic Adenocarcinoma. People around me, including urologists, told me that because of my superior physical shape I would get through this and some day would return to running. Some day…
Right then and there I decided to take control of my cancer, my diagnosis, and my prognosis by staying as positive as possible. I did this by aiming high, by shooting for the stars. I did this by scheduling a half marathon in Kauai exactly five weeks after my radical prostatectomy surgery. Doctors were skeptical. Heck, I was even skeptical.
By running for Team ZERO in the Kauai marathon, I was able to come in at 200% of my original goal of $1,500. Signing up for this race prompted me to get into excellent physical shape post-surgery, and I finished the race on Sept 3, 2017 with a PR time of 2:13. This beat my 2016 time by 15 minutes!
Emotions? You bet. There is physical healing but also psychological healing. My advice? Give yourself time to heal mentally. I decided right after my diagnosis to turn my negative into a positive for prostate cancer support. Stay positive. Don’t give up.
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