Saturday, December 11, 2010

My patient partner's Mom

We ran together today on the trails of Hale Reservation. It was beautiful, both because it was sunny and mild, but also because Camille brought her dog Bandit along and he ran with abandon as we trailed after him. It was great to tackle a different type of running for a change since I am usually on the street.

It was also nice to run with someone. We talked about all kinds of things, but I learned more about what she and Sally and the rest of their family are facing every day. Sally has a 60% chance of recurrence with the type of cancer she has. She is also younger than most people who get diagnosed with osteosarcoma so they don't have any real statistics about what works and doesn't work. Sally is undergoing chemo weekly right now and she seemed strong today. Like any good 10 year old girl, she was bored because her friend couldn't come over because she was sick.

I am excited that I am running for a cause, but more specifically in honor of Sally who will be 11 two days after the marathon. It's going to be great to get to know Sally's family, and I look forward to when Sally and Emma get to meet in person because they have so much in common even though at this point, their lives couldn't be more different. They are both strong girls with strong Moms which I think is a very good thing.