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Jul

20

My Gym Encounter – of the worst kind

By Leesa Gabel

Today was my second day in a row that I swam a half mile!! After my swim this morning, I was feeling good and upbeat. That is until I encountered a woman who had been hit by a stupid stick!

She was there in the locker room with her young daughter. The daughter pointed at me and asked her mom, “Why doesn’t that woman have any hair?”¬† The woman glanced my way briefly, turned toward her daughter and told her, “Oh, she’s dying from cancer.”

What the….!?!?!?

I stood there a moment, not believeing what I had just heard. I made eye contact with the young girl. I smiled, she smiled back. I grabbed my gym bag and walked over to them. I leaned down, looked the girl in the eye and told her, “You’re mom is wrong sweetie, I’m not dying from cancer, I’m living with it….” I stood up, looked the woman in the eye and finished my sentence….”and doing great, thank you very much.” I turned and walked out.

I can’t begin to describe how hearing her words made me feel. Especially after I just finished swimming a half mile. So many people think that a person with cancer is a victim. I’m here to tell you that all those people are wrong! We’re called survivors for a reason. Because that’s what we’re doing….surviving!! Even thriving, despite the disease we live with.

That’s why I do what I do….boot camp,¬†biking, running, walking, swimming…so that I can show others that even with cancer, you can!

Jul

13

Day 14

By Leesa Gabel

I’m on Day 14 of my chemo cycle. This has been the worst by far. I even lost my eyebrows and eyelashes this time. But I’m happy to report that I’m actually starting to feel better. I think it’s because I’m getting out and being active. Although I miss being as active as I was before…..going to boot camp, biking 20-50 miles a week. Sometimes I think that staying active is the key to getting through the chemo, other times I wonder if my doctor is right in telling me to take it easy so the drugs can work better. Regardless, chemo sucks…..it’s a necessary evil, but it still sucks!