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By Leesa Gabel

I had to make a tough decision this week. Due to some recent health issues — no worries, it’s not cancer-related — I had to drop from the TNT Tucson team. I haven’t been able to get in the needed training and I really didn’t want to get out to Tucson and not be able to finish.

Yes, I’m frustrated and disappointed. One thing I’ve learned over the last couple years is that you can’t take your health for granted. I need to stop and refocus. I need to get me healthy.

It’s going to take time, this didn’t happen overnight and I can’t expect it to be fixed overnight. I have the proper tools and the knowledge…just need to put them all to good use.

Tucson will be there, Tahoe will be there, Disney will be there, Redman will be there. And one day soon, so will I and I’m going to kick some serious butt!!




By Leesa Gabel

In life, it’s very important to have support….to be supported.

The fourth anniversary of my cancer diagnosis is fast approaching. Since May 2008, I have discovered who my true supporters are….the people I know I can turn to at any time….the people who make up my support network. Sadly, I have also discovered who isn’t a supporter. Surprisingly, it’s people that I spent years of my life with, shared intimately personal moments in my life with who weren’t there when I needed them the most.

I have been blessed beyond words by complete strangers. One blessing that quickly comes to mind is the handmade quilt that the mother of the young woman who shaved my head when I first lost my hair to chemo made for me. I think of her fondly every time I see the quilt and I say a quick prayer of thanks to God for bringing her into my life.

Then of course there are the financial supporters who have blessed us. Not for our family personally, thankfully we’ve not needed that kind of financial support through this experience. I’m talking about the donations we’ve been given to give to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Those dollars stay here locally to help families who are in need of financial assistance. Those dollars also go to fund research. Research that is desperately needed to find a cure.

Often I am moved beyond words when I see the donation notice. It’s not about the amount….because any amount is appreciated. But it’s the person that it comes from. For example, a high school friend that we hadn’t really communicated with since 1993 sent a very generous donation after learning about my cancer journey. Completely unexpected…and appreciated beyond words.

Then there are Craig’s co-workers. They humble me. They make me feel so special. I love the stories that Craig shares after returning from big meetings or trips about how the first thing he’s asked is ‘How’s your wife?’. Having the support of people I’ve never met warms my heart.

One of the reasons I love Team in Training is because of the support. All it takes is a hug from a teammate to turn my day around.

I know that I have support. I know that I am blessed. Plain and simple.

So here’s my advice….your take-away….

Be a support to someone. It could be anything — from bringing over a meal, giving  flowers not for a special occcasion, taking them out for coffee, mailing a card or sending a quick Facebook message, email or text (those last three are free!) – to let that person know they’re on your mind.





By Leesa Gabel

The much anticipated wedding of William and Kate is tomorrow. Yes, I’ll be getting up at 0′dark thirty to watch! I remember watching Charles and Diana’s wedding with my grandma (she was a WWII war bride from England). The image of Diana in her wedding gown stuck with me over the years….my own wedding gown was similar in that it was huge and had a very long train. On Saturday, Ashlee and I will go to a royal wedding tea being hosted by a friend. Ashlee is excited to watch as Kate becomes a real-life princess. Saturday evening I will have my chance to feel like royalty when I attend the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Black Tie Ball.

The Black Tie Ball is a major fundraising event for LLS…silent auction, high-price tables for a fancy dinner, live auction and the crown jewel (so to speak)…the Jewel in the Box. I’m excited to meet many of the major donors to LLS….the ones who help fund research and patient programs.

Plus…hello…IT’S A BALL!! How often do you get to wear a ball gown and see your man in a tux (outside of your own wedding of course)?!? I’m SO ready to get all fancy and have a romantic night out! This round of treatment has dragged on and on….I need some fun!!



Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser Tickets

By Leesa Gabel

This Saturday – April 24th – from 8-10am is our Flapjack Breakfast at Applebee’s!!

If you’ve seen our flyer or email it mentioned tickets. You are able to just pay at the door. The tickets are to help us get a headcount for Saturday so that Applebee’s has enough batter and people to flip the pancakes.

Drop us an email or leave a comment with the number of people you plan to bring on Saturday.

Thanks for your support!!!




By Leesa Gabel

Who wants flapjacks???

Craig and I are having a flapjack (that’s another name for pancake) breakfast at Applebee’s on Saturday, April 24th from 8-10AM. It’s at the Applebee’s in Olathe at 135th & Brougham (by Kohl’s and Hy-Vee). The cost is just $5 per person.

This is a fundraiser for our TNT Lake Tahoe Team — the 100-mile bike ride we’re doing in June around Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

We hope you can make it — send us a note if you’d like more info or to purchase tickets!!