When the doctor’s office calls and tells you, “Your biopsy looks a little suspicious and you have an appointment with a surgeon tomorrow morning”, are some of the worst words you can hear. Then you meet with the surgeon and hear something even worse, “We need to fit you into our surgery schedule tomorrow.” My life went from being focused on the good things to being focused on one thing – surviving. Then I woke up in surgery recovery with a 2 X 3 inch scar on my back and 12 pairs of lymph nodes gone. Oh, yeah, and I had drainage tubes from each armpit dangling down for the next 2 weeks. But 6 months later, I joined Crossfit and I haven’t looked back.
Even though I survived a melanoma cancer, I didn’t feel like a real survivor. I went to my first Relay for Life in 2008 and told the folks at registration, “You know, I had cancer but I never went through chemotherapy. I just don’t feel like I can sit beside people whose lives were wrecked by terrible drugs, lost body parts and who will never be the same.” The reply I got was, “But you are a poster boy for early detection. You are just the person we want to promote to the community. Get tested early and often!”
And they were right. All the money spent on raising awareness paid off. If I hadn’t been encouraged to go to the doctor when I did things would have gotten a lot worse. And my surgery, as inconvenient and scary as it was, was less intrusive and more effective than the same surgery 5 years ago.
So please think about joining the CFW Relay for Life team. The money raised will make a difference for millions of people. Some of them you know, like Rosie who recently went through thyroid cancer treatment. Some of the people saved will be in your family. One of them might even be you.
All donations are welcome, but consider coming out on April 15-16 to Ashley High School. It is always a good time and some of you hardcores can try and cover 100 laps (25miles) if you are up to it. Last year we even had a Crossfit demonstration on the infield. You can get a good workout in and make a difference. It is a rare opportunity to feel good both physically and spiritually.
Go to www.newhanoverrelay.org and sign up for the Crossfit Wilmington team today. Then if you want, I will show you my scars the next time we do a WOD together.
Deadlift-work to a heavy single, this should take no more than 15 min
4 rounds for time:
12 KB Swings (24 / 16)