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Very Proud!!!
Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:55 pm


This is not directly an Eagle post, but I am posting because we have a lot of Eagle folks we like to call friends and some of you got to meet our daughter and her family at the Colorado Springs rally a few years ago.

Some of you have followed our daughter Kelly's cancer diagnosis. She was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 11, 2011 at the age of 42. She had a double mastectomy on May 6, 2011. We documented “The Journey” in several posts on our blog starting here:

http://rvsafetyman.blogspot.com/2011/03/breast-cancer-journey.html

Our family watched in horror as we saw how devastating this surgery is.  We witnessed the terrible pain from the original surgery (as well as two subsequent surgeries) and the inability to perform even the most basic functions with her arms (huge muscle damage) including holding her daughters.  We were amazed at her very positive attitude and how diligently she performed her rehabilitation. 

A few months ago she set a goal of completing a triathlon. Not just any triathlon, but the “Tri for the Cure” which raises funds for breast cancer research (http://www.triforthecure-denver.com/).

Well today, a day short of her 15 month surgery anniversary, she completed the even in 1:54:45. Her goal was two hours and she beat that! She participated in the “survivors” wave and folks were so enthusiastic for this group. When she crossed the line (photo), there was not a dry eye in our group!!!

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There were 1971 finishers and her time was just about the middle of those finishers. This is a huge accomplishment, considering that she has never entered a triathlon.  As is the case with everything she does, she put a huge amount of effort (both mental and physical) into her training.  This is even more amazing when you consider that, while her recovery has gone well, she still is not a 100%. 

We are so very glad that her recovery is almost complete and that her husband and daughters have been so supportive. 

Jim
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Re: Very Proud!!!
Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:33 pm


so pleased for her recovery and determination
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Re: Very Proud!!!
Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:52 pm


That's wonderful news Jim. I have a few family members as well as some friends that has also won the fight. Bill and I will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
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Re: Very Proud!!!
Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:27 pm


I met her at Waynes rally nice young lady Jim so happy for you and the family, that is tough deal we are going through it now with Terri our oldest daughter

Her husband is jerk he moved to SC and left her with the cancer and a 11 and 13 year old nice guy,

It will work out she is tough like her mom she is battling the disease and taking a full load in collage @ 45 years old it will surprise you what determination can do it's one of God's greatest gift to people if you use it

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Re: Very Proud!!!
Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:55 am


Heart warming story. Coundn't happen to a nicer family.

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Re: Very Proud!!!
Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:08 am


Thank you so much for the great replies.

Clifford, because we have some first hand knowledge we can understand a bit of what you are going through. However, your situation is so much worse because Terri is having to fight the battle without a "complete" support system.

As you point out, many folks dig deep and find the strength to deal with these "life events". It is amazing!

We will keep your daughter in our thought and prayers.

Jim
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Re: Very Proud!!!
Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:33 am


This is great to hear!

I'm glad that it has all worked out for her and your family! 8-)
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Re: Very Proud!!!
Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:53 am


Great News Jim Gods Blessing to you and yours.
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Re: Very Proud!!!
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:31 am


Wonderful news!

We hope for her continued success.

Joe & Frankie
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Re: Very Proud!!!
Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:38 pm


Wow!
Having followed the trials of your daughter, and you guys, Lani and I can only say how impressed we are. She's got a lot of determination.
Tell her congratulations for us.
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