Everybody should have a chance to tell their story.

This past weekend was busy to say the least.

On Saturday morning, I woke up bright and early (I don’t think I’ll ever be able to sleep in again) to drive to the South Bay to speak at a Swim-a-thon at the Spectrum Club. This swim-a-thon was put on to raise funds for the Challnged Athletes Foundation so of course I was there! For how early it was, every swimmer there had a smile on their faces and were ready to hop into the pool. Beth Sanden, another CAF athlete and amazing athlete, and I were there to tell everyone about CAF and share our personal stories. After we told our stories, the swimmers were off to swim 50 laps for us! I volunteered to tally how many laps one lane had done and enjoyed getting to know the swimmers. 50 laps in a pool is tedious so I am so thankful to each and every swimmer for taking time on a Saturday morning to do this! When the second round of swimmers arrived, I decided I would get in the pool and swim a little with them. It was great! One swimmer mentioned to me that she really enjoyed seeing what her fundraising was going towards. Isn’t that true? It is encouraging to see how the money a person has fundraised is helping someone who needs it!

Later that day, I headed to the Hollywood Bowl! I was given a ticket to attend the Clinton Foundation’s “A decade of a difference” concert. While it was a star-studded event, the Foundation still managed to remind the audience why we were attending: 10 years of the Clinton Foundation treating HIV and AIDS in Africa, fighting childhood obesity, promoting economic opportunity in urban areas among other things.

It was a fantastic event but I was struck by something the former President said at the end. Don’t stop reading, I swear I’m not even getting close to anything political! He said, “Everybody should have a chance to tell their story.” This comment left me thinking about all of you reading, this blog and my morning at the swim-a-thon. I have been fortunate enough to be able to tell my story to all of you via the blog or events you have been at. So thank you for giving me a chance to share my story with you!

It was not always something I wanted to share but I have found that speaking about having cancer and becoming a challenged athlete has empowered me more than I ever thought!

Part of me thinks that when I run I am also telling my story. For example, this morning I decided I was in the mood for a morning run. Since my training is much more relaxed for the off-season, I am able to make this last minute decision to do a 5-miler before work (I live 10 blocks from the beach, I want to see the ocean before sitting in traffic)! I hit a light and was jogging in place when another run popped up next to me and said, “Way to go!” Now I feel like that runner will take a part of me with her through her day. She may not know everything up me,  but she knows some small part of my story.

I’ll get another chance to tell my story tomorrow at the Athleta store at Fashion Island from 6-9pm. If you live in Orange County come check it out! 10% of the day’s purchases will go toward CAF! Woo!


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