We did it!! I did it!! OK, I didn’t walk all 60km this year, but I think I walked close to 35-40km. I promised everyone that I would take it easy and not over do it. Plus I knew my friend Ilene, and our girls wouldn’t let me 🙂 so when I even mentioned I was tired, we looked for a sweep van and off I went to the next pit stop.
The whole weekend was filled with amazing love and warmth. I was hugged by more people in 2 days than I thought humanly possible. I truly felt the love of so many. I don’t really think I realized just how many people were following me these past 6 months, and how many lives I’ve touched over the past 10 years.
I was privileged to be asked to be part of the Survivor’s Circle of 6 that represented all the Survivors at both opening and closing ceremonies. I thought I would be an emotional mess for that, but I held the hands of the others in our small circle and felt their strength, and it kept me strong (well for the opening, closing was a whole other story!) Even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits.
Walking with my daughters was fun, and although we had a little “drama” at the end, it was great to share this walk with them, and for them to be part of something that has been so pivotal in my life for the past 10 years.
For me, meeting people I have been corresponding with but never met, or seeing people I only see once a year is one of the highlights of the walk. On Saturday, I spent some time at the Trade Secrets pit stop where Richard had a table, selling my Think Pink Direct items as we do every year. Again, so many came up to me so happy to see that I was still walking even though I had just finished treatment 2 weeks ago. I think I really willed myself to be well, and I gathered so much strength from everyone’s positive messages.
Having day 1 end at the Rogers Centre was so much better than being outside, No mud, no rain, no wind, no rocky paths! Walking in they announce your name, and you’re larger than life, literally on the Jumbotron. That’s twice this year that I was on the Jumbotron, first throwing the pitch out at the baseball game, and now this. And the crazy part is that I was cheered at both times. However, on Sat, it was from many that I knew, and that really warmed my heart. And then when they showed a video highlighting what Princess Margaret has accomplished with the monies that have been raised, I had a part in the video and again, people cheered. It was a little humbling, but again, made me feel amazing, and took all my “tired” away!
Sunday was a much better day weather wise, and off we went walking again. I was for sure a little more tired, and basically sweep after lunch from pit stop to pit stop waiting for my family and friends.
Closing ceremonies were where the emotions all started. I listened to another Survivor tell her story, and I really started to lose it. I kept thinking, just cry “pretty”, let the tears flow, let me nose drip (a wonderful side effect of Herceptin) Our Survivor circle approached the stage, and as we were walking up, I know all of us felt the strength of so many. We were representing Survival, We were giving hope that cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. We were life!
I can’t think of who better to share that moment with that with 3700 other friends and my family.