Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I'm all over the Internet!

A few months ago, I sent in an essay to the web site anothermotherrunner.com and they published it today! Woo! If you're already a runner or want to start running, you should check out the site. The women who run it are the authors of the books "Run Like a Mother" and "Train Like a Mother", which I highly recommend. "Train Like a Mother" has different levels of training plans for a 5k, 10k, half and full marathon. I've used the beginner half and full plans from this book, and they worked great. I'm planning to try the advanced 10k plan next.

Here's the direct link to my story: http://anothermotherrunner.com/2013/10/28/important-mile-life-karen-crowley/

Yes, there's another photo of me running the marathon. Yes, I'm going to keep bringing up the marathon. Marathon, marathon, marathon.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I did it!

I did it! I ran a marathon! I dragged my 1.7 M-spike across 26.2 miles. Fine, M-spike. You want to go up? I will make this diseased bone marrow run a frigging marathon. You like that? If that's not enough to scare the myeloma into submission, I don't know what is.

Around this time in 2005, I wasn't sure if I'd even be alive eight years later, let alone running a marathon. It just shows that anything is possible. All you need are brains, heart, courage, and a good pair of shoes. I saw that in a movie once.

It hurt really, really, really bad, but it's one of the best things I've ever done. I would do it again. Someday. Not now. I just regained the ability to climb stairs.

Here's one of my favorite photos that my mom took. Jay and WCK and my parents came out to see me at mile 20:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The healing power of Bon Jovi

My M-spike went up to 1.7. It was 1.4 last month. This happens at least once or twice a year, and it always goes right back down the following month. You'd think I'd be used to this by now, but I always get all shaky and nervous and start thinking, "What if it isn't going back down this time?"I spend the entire month trying to remind myself that this is not a big deal. It's not a big deal. It's not a big deal.

Of course, there is only one way to make sure it goes back down: Post a photo of Bon Jovi casting a magical spell on my M-spike. There we go. I'm feeling much better.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My hemoglobin can beat up your hemoglobin

If you've read my blog for a while, you know I spent years struggling with low hemoglobin (iron) levels caused by Revlimid and by the myeloma itself. Over the past year or two, though, my hemoglobin has been steadily improving. My hemoglobin is now at a never-before-seen number that I didn't even know was physically possible for me:

All must bow down before my Almighty Hemoglobin!
My nurse practitioner thinks all of my running has improved my blood counts. So I guess as long as I can keep up the marathon training for, oh, the rest of my life, I'll be just fine.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Have you heard? I'm running a marathon.

I know I haven't blogged in a really long time, but that's OK, because I've been training for a marathon. As you all know, people training for marathons are among the most annoying folk on earth. My blog would only have looked like this:

But now it's less than two weeks until the marathon, so I'm tapering and I have more free time than usual. I mostly spend this free time sitting around trying not to start crying and wondering about why in the name of God did I sign up for a marathon? WHY? I suck! I SUCK!!! And, is that little twinge a pulled muscle? OH MY GOD, IT'S A PULLED MUSCLE! THIS IS THE WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ANYBODY EVER IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! 

Now, I haven't reached the point of my last half marathon taper, when I was absolutely convinced that I was going to get pneumonia and die and my legs were going to fall off, but it's only a matter of time.

In all seriousness, I do feel pretty confident that I can cross the finish line one way or another. I just know that it is going to hurt really, really, really bad.

Anyway, since I've been away, my latest Myeloma Mom column was published on the Myeloma Beacon web site. You can read it here: http://www.myelomabeacon.com/headline/2013/09/26/myeloma-mom-how-do-you-tell-the-kids/