Monday, January 7, 2013

My 3G Network: Grief, Gastroparesis & Goofy Challenge

Today, January 7, is GG's birthday. On January 13, when @TwinsRun the 2nd half of Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, it will be 6 months since I received the phone call. On Friday, July 13, our mom called to tell me that our grandma, GG, had fallen and was very ill. GG was diagnosed with cancer and died on Monday, July 16. The grief over the past 6 months has been intense. My only solace has been running (#Irun4GG). I'm grateful that Leah and I will run Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge together to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer in her memory. She was so proud of us for supporting such a worthy cause.

I grieve for myself, my family and especially for my mom. I wish I could give more support to my mom, because she lost her mom and best friend. I can only imagine how difficult it has been for her since I can't imagine my life without my mom.

It's been especially difficult for me lately, since I still struggle with gastroparesis. Sometimes, the physical pain is easier to cope with than the emotional pain. Even with the pain, I'm grateful for the support I received from GG and the support I continue to receive from my mom. Because of their support, it's important for me to keep going and to keep giving back to others.

I know that grief is a life-long process. I hope that in time the pain of grief will lessen and the joy of remembering will grow.

We love you GG!
We miss you GG!
Can you donate $2 to @TwinsRun for @AlexsLemonade?

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