Some of you may remember when I started this blog with an early post that said: It Is All About the Bike. Crashing on my bike led me to the swollen gland in my neck that led me to my first metastatic diagnosis of breast cancer in my parotid gland.
And once again, it IS about the bike. This time it’s not a new diagnosis but healing from the damage done to my body after being diagnosed metastatic in 2011. I haven’t completed all 3 days of a YSC Tour de Pink ride since my mets diagnosis and the past few years I’ve been a cheerleader and supporter along the route instead of a rider. I know some of you are saying “what’s the big deal”, “you’re still there and part of the event”. But for those who know me it is a big deal. I know I always say it’s not about how many miles you ride or how long it takes you – it’s all about showing up. Trust me – that is still my mantra and I feel strongly about that especially for all of our survivor riders on Tour de Pink. Showing up is more that half the battle. For me, things are just a tad bit different at this stage in my life.
HELLO MY NAME IS LISA AND I AM AN OVERACHIEVER. There I said it. I’m such an overachiever that when I was diagnosed Stage 2, I skipped Stage 3 and went right to Stage 4. And now, my overachieving self is back in the saddle – literally.
With my brain shrinkage and my new found balance, I started working out again. Strength training, walking and yoga. But my one true love is being on the bike.
And today, I finally got my fat ass (thank you 3 months of steroids) on that wind trainer that has been calling my name for months now (yes I hear voices – anyone have a problem with that???).
I will NEVER let this disease beat me. I will NEVER let this disease dictate my activity. I will ALWAYS find a way around it to get myself to the place I need to be.
SO FUCK YOU CANCER!!!! YOU EVIL BEAST – I WILL NOT LET YOU DESTROY ME. I WILL DESTROY YOU AND SO WILL MANY OTHERS. WE ARE GETTING CLOSER AND I HOPE YOUR EVIL ASS IS RUNNING SCARED.