I have not been on the blog scene for a while. I have the hardest time finding things to talk about, which considering what I have been doing the past few weeks is unusual. I will be honest, I hate to talk about myself. I swear, give me a wall to talk to and it will answer me. But when I have to put down on paper thoughts about myself I totally clam up. I have been struggling because I want to express how incredibly humbled I have been in the past few years and how incredibly honored I am to be running in three days with the greatest team known to man.
If you asked me seven years ago what I would be doing today, never in a million years would I say, “fighting a aggressive brain tumor praying that I live to see my only son grow up.” Amazing how one little thing can really muck up your life, right? But each and every day I put my two feet on the ground and say I could have it a lot worse. Life, lemons you know the whole bit.
BUT...if you asked me if I had a choice to go on and live a picture perfect life with the whole 3.5 kids, stay at home mom with the white picket fence thing, I would have to tell you that I probably would decline.I feel that these past 7 years have opened my senses to extraordinary people, circumstances and events, some I would not trade in for a lifetime or for not having a brain tumor, if you could believe that!
In three days, Team McGraw will embark on another amazing event as runners from all over the country come together in Nashville to honor and pay tribute to patients battling a brain tumor or neurological disorder. As the official expert of inspiration, it astonishes me to see such determined individuals honor their loved one.
I am asked, at least once a week, where I muster the strength, the will and the motivation to run. And I can tell you this........
My motivation, inspiration, and determination comes from everyone who gets out there to run or to walk on behalf of someone battling this disease. My drive comes from the fact that if these fine individuals are doing what they can to make a difference then I certainly should be putting two cents in as well. This team, MY team, is running for others, not for themselves. And in such a unselfish act of amazing generosity is doing their part to make the world right by this disease that makes it so wrong. You are doing this for me and for all those whose lives have been effected by brain tumors and neurological disorders.
So as the Official Inspiration Expert I leave my team with this......
At some point during the course of your run, you are going to be feeling the hurt. That is when you start digging for the strength. You dig and you dig. And when you think that you have dug your way the China, dig a little more. It is at that moment when you realize who and what you are doing this for and that hurt that you are feeling will just disappear. You will cross that finish line and feel pretty darn good about what you did for someone else.
I thank each and every one of you for what you do for the people who fight so hard every day. You all give me the inspiration. If you can just remind me of that when we are out on the course, that is all that I will need to take me to the finish!
YA GOTTA BELIEVE!!
Lookin at all of you, I do!!