- Posted December 1, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge
These days, I feel less like "That Girl" and more like "This Girl With That Scar". In other words, these brushes with cancer have affected my outlook greatly. I no longer believe myself to be strong and healthy. I make poor dietary choices and avoid exercise whenever I can.
I am looking for proof that my body is still capable of great feats and that I still possess the willpower to overcome great obstacles.
I am 45 years old and play tennis 5 days a week but I have never participated in a race of any kind. I am about ten pounds overweight. I am a loyal friend, a funny girl, an enthusiastic person and a writer by trade. An editor recently reviewed my full-length poetry collection and described my work as possessing "a palpable ache". Boy, oh boy, did he ever get that right!
I would love a spot on the team. I have something to prove to melanoma; it won't define me anymore.