- Posted November 22, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN Fit Nation: Triathlon Challenge
40 Years of happiness
On September 2, 2011, I was diagnosed with stage 3B colon cancer, had 16 inches of my large intestine removed and spent 13 days in the hospital. Not such a good way to start out a story, but that’s what happened to allow me to take a step back and be thankful for all I have up to this point in my 40 years here on earth. I have a beautiful wife, 2 amazing sons, and family support that allowed me to make a speedy recovery from my surgery and now I stand staring down the barrel of 6 months of chemotherapy. My treatment time is my time to reflect on how to return and rise above where I am now.
I have always been in athletics to some degree. I played soccer, lacrosse and volleyball in high school. I played volleyball and ice hockey in college and continue to play tennis, mountain bike occasionally and run when the spirit moves me. I have a friend of mine who has encouraged me to try triathlons for awhile and I have always used the excuse of my hatred for swimming as a resounding, “No thanks.” She reminded me of my passion for surfing as a child and said I should give the CNN Fit Nation Challenge a try.
As a practicing chiropractor who encourages his patients to exercise as often as their schedule allows them, I feel I can make the time myself to train for a triathlon. I know my family and friends (many of whom are triathletes themselves) would support me and encourage me to get in the best shape of my life and keep my cancer at bay.
I look forward to hearing back from CNN on my application for this event. In the event I am not picked, I will continue my search for the best way possible to challenge myself on my road back to recovery and look forward to more than another 40 years of happiness.