Here’s an example of where I choose to participate every year. Run for the Cure happens every year and I’ve been participating in it every year since I was first diagnosed and treated 14 years ago.
The year that I first did it I’d just come off my last round of chemo and I was bald as a baby ostrich. But I ran anyway, because I knew that my life depended on me choosing IN. I don’t just mean for the run, but for my life!
I chose yes. I chose to run (and I mean run, every year since then, no matter what shape I am in, cause I figure if I could run after 4 rounds or chemo there is never an excuse to not run) for the cure. I chose getting my friends involved. I chose making it into a bit of a victory dance (even though I wasn’t done cancer treatment yet) because I knew that being a clear and conscious ‘yes’ to life and all it had to offer is what was going to keep me alive.
Whatever your reason, whatever your excuse is for not participating in your life (or in something like Run for the Cure), get over it, get over yourself and go grab your life by the balls.
Bring hope to the thousands and thousands of women that get diagnosed with breast cancer every year. How to do that? You can do the run. You can volunteer. You can raise money. You can come out and cheer on the people that are running.
I used to just think Run for the Cure was about raising money to find a cure for breast cancer. But it turns out that the thing that has been most impactful is the inspiration it gives the women who are fighting for their lives. Knowing that someone’s got your back when you’re in that kind of hell storm. Even if it’s not you or someone you love, breast cancer will affect your life, somehow, sometime. So why not take the fight to it, starting now?
Okay over to you:
How will you be participating in Run for the Cure this year? What inspirational stories have you seen coming out of the run? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below.