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Not letting it win

So. The hubs and I have decided to challenge ourselves a bit. In support of not only a worthwhile cause, but an organization that may ultimately hold the key to my family's health (and, without sounding too overly dramatic, survival), we are training to walk (yes, walk...I'm committed, not crazy) our first half marathon to raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (www.ccfa.org).

Finishing this marathon is rather a big deal to us, because Crohn's disease can be quite debilitating and the hubs has suffered from it since his diagnosis in 2008. Prior to that, he also underwent a two-step surgery to have his entire colon removed in an attempt to cure the ulcerative colitis that had damaged the organ enough it had ceased to function. Having both of these disease has made either exponentially hard to treat. We have been fighting to keep the disease in remission, but we’ve exhausted most of the current medical treatments.

Developing new treatments and finding a cure for this disease is critical to our family. This program will help us gain some control in our lives. To be honest with you, I'm incredibly intimidated by this commitment. Not only will I have to build up my endurance over the next 12 weeks to walk 13.1 miles (and when you sit behind a computer for 12-14 hours a day, that number of miles sounds a bit far) but we have a combined goal of $7,200 to raise for this effort. Which means reaching out. Asking for help. And that's never easy.

I don't know if the hubs will be physically able to complete the marathon, but the look on his face, in his eyes, when we sat in that room and listened to the people who have Crohn's tell us about their struggles -- some of whom were able to finish this marathon last year -- was indescribable. It was as if we had been climbing the Cliffs of Insanity using just our fingertips and suddenly, someone threw us a rope.

We still have a hard climb, but now we see we're not alone. And his realizing that there are others out there who sometimes feel as frustrated and hopeless as he has felt over the last ten years lit a fire in him I haven't seen for a long time. He wants to be part of something. And I am going to support him all the way. Besides, if we weighed every decision in our lives with a will he physically be able to do this by then factor, we'd never do anything. If he's unable to complete the marathon by the time December gets here, he'll go and cheer me on.

I’ll be finishing this marathon for my husband, for our daughter, and for every family out there affected by this terrible disease. Some of you have already received an email from me. If you consider donating, I am incredibly appreciative and so very grateful. If you are unable to donate, I completely understand, and would appreciate a word of encouragement as we work to complete this effort.

If you would like any more information about the marathon, the fundraising, or CCFA, go to our secure website here: http://www.active.com/donate/MA11TCVEGASKC/kcMBanker.

I'll be posting more as we train, and be sure to update you about the marathon itself.

And if anyone has any fundraising ideas (beyond an email campaign, which I've started) I would be so very appreciative if you'd share it with me. I'm trying to think of inventive ways to raise money that won't put people out and might even be fun for them. Thanks so much!

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kalliel
Aug. 18th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
I'm so happy for the both of you. Keep us updated as the marathon draws nearer! I'm definitely rooting for the both of you, from the training to the finish line. <3
gaelicspirit
Aug. 18th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you!! Right now I don't even really have a concept of how far a mile is, let alone 13. But I'm gonna be figuring it out soon! Our first training day is the 28th and it goes on from there. :)

Thanks again!
borgmama1of5
Aug. 18th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
Kudos to you for challenging yourself, and for wanting to support your spouse's enthusiasm!
gaelicspirit
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's definitely pushing myself, this effort. But I believe it's worth it. :) Thank you for the kudos!
metallidean_grl
Aug. 18th, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
This is a wonderful thing you are doing and support you all the way to the finish line. It's wonderful the enthusiasm you and your husband have to this event. Having and being around others that totally understand what you are going through definitely helps you with your own struggles.

Good luck as you begin to train. When I started getting back into exercising I walked fairly slowly on the treadmill and within months my speed and agility had doubled and tripled. If you stay consistent in your training you can go very far and I have the confidence that you will be able to acclimate your body well enough that you will be able to finish the full 13.1 miles. I'm right behind you, pushing you all the way. So those hands you feel at your back are mine. Keep it up. You CAN DO IT!!!
gaelicspirit
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my friend! I'm going to need every virtual push. I'm nervous about starting the actual training. But I'm nothing if not tenacious. :)

I may ping you again and ask you to remind me that I can do this. LOL!

impala1967
Aug. 18th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
you go gurl and hubby too =)
gaelicspirit
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! :)
a_phoenixdragon
Aug. 18th, 2011 09:56 am (UTC)
Oh honey - I recieved my email - I will pass it on, too! And I will work to raise a small sum to donate, as I know this is important, so SO important. And cheering and supporting?! Oh yeah! Right there!

I am proud of you, lovie. And I am constantly in awe of your little family. All my love to you and yours - and I'd wish you luck with this, but I know you guys won't need it. You will do as you alway have - bit by bit and together.

*hugs you tight*
gaelicspirit
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much my friend. You received the email because you are very important to me, but please please know I have no expectations that you will donate. Believe me, I get how tough things can be and how hard it is to scrape even $5 together sometimes.

Your support in spirit is treasured and I'll need your virtual pushes to get me over the finish line.

However...if you wanted to 'boost the signal'...I wouldn't be opposed. :) *hugs back*
a_phoenixdragon
Aug. 19th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I will do all I can - and even if all I can do is boost the signal, it'll make me feel better, knowing that I have done something.

You will always have them, sweetie.

bubbles759
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
This is a fantastic idea honey. Congrats on signing up for the challenge. You will make it to the end! Of this I'm positive. Imagine me with a cattle prod or the like behind you, encouraging you to keep going. Or the angel/devil on your shoulder... you pick :D

Email me if you want me to come up with a basic 'training' program for you, it's what I'm paid to do after all :D
gaelicspirit
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's right! You do! There is a 'coach' that the team supplies to everyone and he has us "cross training" (low-impact work out for 20 mins -- biking, yoga) two times a week and then we're supposed to meet up on Saturday mornings at 7am (gah!) to walk and he gradually increase the distance.

Our problem is that the meeting place is in KC (an hour away) and who's gonna watch Mo Chuisle at 7am on a Saturday morning? So, we're going to split work out times so that one of us goes with the team and one stays home each week...meaning the stay-home person has to find a track and put in their walking later in the day.

It's a physical and time-heavy commitment, but it may also be a once-in-a-lifetime thing and I look forward to 2012 when I can say, last year, I did this thing for my family. :)

Thank you so much for your support. Believe me when I say, I'm going to need it! *hugs*
primrose_1
Aug. 18th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
WOW! You've already gotten some significant donations! Mine is small, but I hope it helps!!!
primrose_1
Aug. 18th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
I think you can run this. You have plenty of time, and if you do the training, you're gold, lady! This is coming, of course, from the girl that tore a ligament in her knee while running a couple of weeks ago, so take that with a grain of salt :)
gaelicspirit
Aug. 18th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Well, I won't be running. I hurt my ankles climbing stairs, so, yeah. But, I am GOING to walk this sucker. Bet on it. :)
gaelicspirit
Aug. 18th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
EVERY donation helps. Are you kidding? Even if you weren't able to donate but are a consistent, virtual, push at my back reminding me that I can do this, that helps.

Thank you so much for your donation, my friend. Seriously. This means so much to me.

*HUGS TIGHT*
iontas
Aug. 19th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm in and I will pass it on! Good Luck!
gaelicspirit
Aug. 19th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!! This means so much to me. It's hard to ask for help -- but when the cause is this worthwhile and can help so many...it gets easier. :)

Thanks again!!
iontas
Aug. 19th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
It is hard to ask for help, but I have always thought it is the truly brave who do ask. Take care!
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gaelicspirit
Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Man, I suck! I just saw this. I'm so sorry.

Thank you so much for supporting us, hon. It doesn't matter to me what you give; the fact that you want to and that you offer your virtual support means so much to me.

I start 'training' today. I have to walk 1 mile. Too bad it's 95 degrees! LOL! Wish me luck!
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