I have had some time to reflect during these down days. It seems like a long time ago that we set out on this journey but at the same time it doesn’t seem like we have been riding that long. We all feel great, stronger than when we started and the thought of riding more than 600 miles in the next 7 days does not seem to be too big of a challenge. What a change in mindset since the start of this journey when none of us had done anything like this before. All the fears, concerns, questions, and anxiety have faded away! We were talking today about all the places we would like to ride in the future. What a change from the day when I told Carl that if I survived the bone marrow transplant and recovery we were going to do a 100 mile ride together like we had in the past.
So how did I get to this point? Sure, it took a lot of determination, faith, and the ability to stare through the fog of fear and dream big but it also took an army of supporters: doctors, nurses, friends, neighbors, family, a bone marrow stem cell donor, and most of all my number one supporter, the love of my life, my wife Karen, a cancer survivor herself. I have been through a lot but she has been through far more. Being a caregiver is hard, dealing with all the fear and anxiety as well as the responsibility of looking after someone in a life and death situation while working full time, keeping the family together, keeping everyone informed, and managing all the details that go along with cancer treatment and recovery. Karen is planning on writing a book on the entire experience, stay tuned.
The support continues, Karen would love to be out here on the road with us but she is back home running a summer camp at Emory, Challenge and Champions, and making a difference in the lives of children. You can read about this nationally ranked program at www.challengeandchampions.org , amazing.
Thanks to all of you who have made my journey possible, to all of you following along, to the 139 people who have contributed money for cancer research, and most of all to Karen for all her support. I hope that our ride will make the future a bit brighter for those who have been impacted by cancer and for those who may be impacted in the future.
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