Monday, 7 May 2012

Loving the pain!

"Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they're wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it. That's what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you; your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you're letting society destroy your reality; you should stand up for your right to feel pain." – Jim Morrison.

Yesterday the Pancreatic Cancer Fighters ran the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon in support of Pancreatic Cancer Canada's attempts to fund research. Despite the sprained knees, blisters and soreness I feel pretty great! I am so thankful for all the support I've received from my family and friends that the pain is well worth everything I've gained.

Many heartfelt thanks,
Maria Bernardo

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

22K for Pancreatic Cancer Research

There are so many thoughts and emotions running through my head. In attempt to express them all I'll probably forget my grammar or vocabulary. Here it goes ...

Thought #1 Terrifiedness - is that a word? It should be! Before February, when I enlisted to run the BMO Half Marathon, I rarely went to the gym or did any physically activity. For the past three months I've been trying so hard to run at least four days a week to eventually be prepared for this half marathon. In that time I managed to trip over a pine cone and sprain my knee so now here I am trying to rid myself of my anxiety by venting in a blog.

Thought #2 Wonderment - apparently that is a word. This experience has brought on plenty of surprises. One is that there are people out there able to run a half and full marathon and that I have muscles that exist in several strange places (only discovered after I've pulled them of course).

I am genuinely grateful for everyone's support from my coworkers and the CEO of a great company called Urban Impact, the founders and directors of Pancreatic Cancer Canada and of course my family and friends.  I am sincerely grateful for the overwhelming support and encouragement I have received as I try to tackle this challenge.

Not many people have the ability to take on this challenge; to have full capacity to breathe and live my life ultimately as I am have without having the limitations of a terminal disease like pancreatic cancer. While I am terrified of not being able to finish the half marathon or the potential of an injury, I am thankful and fully acknowledge that this is a great accomplishment.

So thank you for your support through donations to pancreatic cancer research, your encouragements and most of all your love.

Maria Bernardo