1 (edited by Maria Sun, 13 May 2012 15:02:23)

Topic: Here´s to life!!

Happy to be able to tell you that I yesterday  completed my second Gothenburg halfmarathon after my diagnosis of unresectable incurable advanced cholangiocarcinoma the 1st of April 2010. The eighth time I run this race.

Exactly one month after my 6th chemoembolization (it´s been a tough month..) and with anemia I´m so happy and proud for my worst time ever wink 2.07.

The BIG one is coming up in three weeks though, Stockholm Marathon... Send me some energy for the last trainingsessions, please smile

Viva la vida!!

Maria

No matter whether you think that you can, or that you can´t, you´re right
//Henry Ford

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WOW!!!! Amazing!

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Go Maria!! I'd send you energy if I had any to spare!! But here's some cheers from the U.S. cheering section!!
Go Maria!!! Go Maria!!!!

KrisJ
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"Maria, there once was a girl named Maria....!" Whether it's West (Side Story) East, North or South may your directions continue to spiral upwards! You are truly an inspirational sign of HOPE!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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That is awesome Maria!!  Congrats and good luck with the Stockholm marathon. 
I wonder if you have a mantra when you run, something you say to yourself to keep your self going and could share it?

-Randi-

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

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Maria,

You are so awesome and such an inspiration!  Keep up the great work.  Best of luck with training and running in the Stockholm Marathon.  We are all rooting for you!!

Love, -Pam

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Hi Maria,

I am so glad you are doing well.  Go, girl, and keep training and running.  Good luck in the Stockholm marathon.  I can't believe you have just had your 6th chemoembolization and still able to compete as you do.  John had his 2nd one on April 17 and things have gone down hill since then.  He has been terribly ill and had to spend a week in the hospital two weeks ago.  He has lost about 22 lbs. in the last week and is very weak and can't tolerate food that much.  I have tried some of Lainy's suggestions that she used for Teddy and some of the other ideas I have seen on this site, so I'm hoping that things will start to turn around.   He did manage to get up for a few hours yesterday and today, and his eyes seem more alert.  The doctors seem to think that some of the chemo beads got into his blood vessels and arteries, which made him so sick and in excruciating pain.  They also had him on so much pain meds that everything was working against him.   I take him back to his oncologist tomorrow and then he has an MRI at UVA on Thursday.     Just keep doing what you're doing because it seems to work for you.  Best wishes,  PeggyP

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Peggy, hoping you get some better news tomorrow!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Wow Maria, that is amazing!!!! Tons and tons of energy coming over the North Sea from me to you!!!

Best wishes, and good luck for the big one!!

Gavin

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Maria
Power to you girl.
2.07 is a very respectable time for the half marathon.

Good luck with the training.

Gerry

11 (edited by marions Mon, 14 May 2012 14:13:55)

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Peggy.....I hope for the improvements to continue and for the adverse reaction to have been a bump in the road.  Fingers and everything else is crossed.  Good luck tomorrow.  Please keep us posted.
Hugs,
Marion

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Maria....Congratulations.  You are amazing.  Good luck with the upcoming marathon.  I can't wait to hear all about it.
Hugs,
Marion

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Maria, You are truly an ispiration to so many! Sending you lots and lots of energy and love! Nancy

Loving my husband from afar.

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Thank you all smile !!!

Randi; Most of the time I don´t need any mantra as I LOVE running. I run in beautiful surroundings, and it helps a lot. What i do is that I STRONGLY believe that running is curing me, and I FEEL how it is helping me to stay healthy. That´s enough for me to keep on, even when it´s harder.

Peggy; I´ve reacted very differently to the embolizations I´ve done. This one was the absolutely hardest one. They used small beads this time - maybe that was why. I had a lot of pain and fever for weeks. I started to feel "normal" a week ago.

//Maria

No matter whether you think that you can, or that you can´t, you´re right
//Henry Ford

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Maria, I saw this and it reminded me of you!


To dream anything you want to dream, that is the beauty of
the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is
the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your
limits, that is the courage to succeed.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

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Love that quote Lainy!! 

btw Maria...I have to say that when I read "completed my second Gothenburg halfmarathon" I thought ... what the heck kinda treatment is that??  smile

-Randi-

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Hahaha Randi, I would say  it´s a HECK of a treatment wink !!

Lainy, wow, LOVE it!!!! Thank you so  mucjh for thinking of me smile !! Copying it right away to save and share it!!!! Biggest hug!!
//Maria

No matter whether you think that you can, or that you can´t, you´re right
//Henry Ford

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Maria. I've been waiting to hear if you ran the next race you were training for?  You have been such an inspiration with your attitude and determination in spite of all the hard times. Hope you are keeping on the upward path!
Kathy

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Maria...you are truly an inspiration....thank you for so much hope to get back to a normal life !
Hugs, Lisa

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Maria
Congrats Maria-2.07 is great time.

Good luck in Stockholm.

Gerry

21 (edited by Maria Mon, 06 Aug 2012 08:41:27)

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Kathy and Gerry,
I ran my marathon, in a way I never would have imagined!
But as three days before I got the news that my tumors had started growing again and I'm back on chemo I didn't post it in this section but in General discussions.

The rained poured down constantly, it was +4 C and wind 10-18 m/s.... Even here in Sweden this is extremely rare in June!! But I was happy all the way, just by being able to start!  I'm totally overwhelmed that I could do it in 4.27 h.
I must have very powerful angels around me!

Take care!!
Maria

No matter whether you think that you can, or that you can´t, you´re right
//Henry Ford

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Maria....sorry for chiming in, but I must comment on the incredible time of 4.27 hours.  And, that in the most adverse weather conditions; you are fantastic.  Congratulations. 
Hugs,
Marion

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Marion, you are so welcome smile. I agree, it is incredible. I hardly believe it myself...  But I DO believe that the limits are only in our heads. Everything IS possible.
A big hug!!!

No matter whether you think that you can, or that you can´t, you´re right
//Henry Ford

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Continuing to inspire us all. Thanks Maria!
Hugs. Nancy

Loving my husband from afar.

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Maria. Thanks for updating us!  I consider it good news that you ran that distance!!! I would consider it good news without cc. You are truly an inspiration. Please keep us posted. I will check the other site for recent news. If anyone doubts the inspiration of messages, I can give testimony that  you have inspired me during this up and downhill time.  I went back purposely to look for you because I remembered the words of one of your posts.

Thinking of you and hoping you are finding the right treatment to set you on the path to healing

Kathy