OK only 10 days to go until I fly out to California for the Nike Women's Marathon. I can't believe it is here already. I swear it feels like just yesterday I was signing up with my friend Katie to do this. I can't believe all the miles I have ran/walked preparing for the big day. But I don't want to talk about the miles here in this post I want to share with you what I have learned while running/walking all those miles. I learned that there are some really amazing people out there trying to make a difference in others lives. I have learned that I am a strong woman who can do anything I set my mind to, I learned to have self confidence, I see myself as a beautiful person inside and out even though I am not the perfect size 2 and that it doesn't matter that I am not a size 2 because I am healthy and I am here for my family and I am a survivor of cancer. I learned some of those things while fighting my own battle with cancer the past 3 years but I never shared anything I learned. I met some amazing people on this journey who have Leukemia or Lymphoma and they are heros to me, they inspire me to keep going when I am out on my longer runs and when I want to stop I remember their stories and I keep going because right now they can't. I am in aw of those who are just starting out on their journey and have yet to learn what it is they are going to learn while on this journey. I do not pity those who have cancer because that is one thing they do not want. So for those of you who are lucky enough to never have to deal with cancer in your own personal life take the time to volunteer at an event that helps those with cancer, we can use all the help we can get. I look forward to thanking some of the volunteers at that finish line come October 18th for their time and dedication to the cause. I will always remember this journey and cherish each and every minute of it, even the sleepless nights and my amazing friends who helped me get there. Thank you to all of you for helping me get there and for those of you who I don't even know and have donated and supported me with encouraging words thank you!!