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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!
Tags: family, friends, people helping people, real life, the hubs
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