Beating Cancer — Inspirational Stories

I love being able to schedule my posts in WordPress. Right now I am out on a great ride and this is being posted. Technology rules.

I do have a little business to take care of before I get to the meat of this post. I have a ton of nieces that I am extremely proud of. Two of them are running track on scholarship in college, one has hunted with me, and another just was crowned the Rodeo Queen of Crawford County Kansas. For whatever reason, this is the first year Crawford County has held a contest to crown the Rodeo Queen and my niece Shelby Lewis won it! We are so proud of her. She wants to attend the University of Kansas and ride barrels for the rodeo team and eventally become a vet. She is awesome. You can see why we are so proud of her…

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Let’s Kick Cancer Stories

During my Let’s Kick Cancer contest (read about it here) that I had a couple of weeks ago, I promised to share some of the stories that were shared as comments on the post. While the stories I selected are not the only good ones, I think they weave together to tell a great story about how we cope, persevere, and even sometimes prevail when it comes to adversity. It came clear through the posts that there isn’t anyone who hasn’t experienced the treacherous reach of this disease. Raising money through the Huntsman Hometown Heroes program — even as small of amount as it is — has been very therapeutic for me in dealing with the loss I have experienced from cancer.

Let’s start with a post from Suzy from the blog Running on My Time

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One of my favorite bloggers, Joel from TriMadness shows how cancer impacts so many people…

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Allison from Just Tri and Finish wrote one of the more compelling stories about her best friend…

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Lisa J from the blog because i can… spoke about her very personal experience with cancer…

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Finally, Kim who raises money for Team in Training through her website here, spoke about losing her husband and her best friend and the strength that can come from the experience…

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Of course you guys know about the story of my grandpa, Charles Montee and my father-in-law, James Jorgensen who both died from the impact of the treatment of the disease. You can read more about these two great men here. Here is one of my favorite pictures with him that I have…it is him, my Dad, me with the super awesome crew-cut (Why Mom? Why?), and my little toe-headed brother James.

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Conclusion

There is a ton of work to do. This isn’t a fight that can be done by one person or even a handful of people — it will take everyone. In an age where the treatment is worse than the actual disease, I am hopeful that research can find a way to treat cancer without breaking the body down to such a low level. You just hope that the discovery of this technique happens sooner than later.

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...