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Friday, August 21, 2015

Getting strong for surgery

After my last chemo treatment, I published a blog entry where I challenged myself to a personal bik-a-thon, starting the day of the last chemo and ending the day of my surgery. I asked my friends and readers to make contributions to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, either by kilometer or as a set amount.




Maybe friends and readers know me too well, because so far only one was willing to risk going broke with a pledge by kilometer. But Dena's pledge has truly inspired me to get on the bike every day so far. Admittedly I have taken some recovery days, only riding to the coffee shop, but I've still gotten out every day, and I'm accumulating some kilometers as well as some meters of climbing (since Dena added that as a bonus challenge).

I want to thank everyone who has already made a contribution, and ask those of you who haven't yet, please consider BCRF for your 2015 charitable tax credit.


And if you want to help encourage me to keep plugging away on the bike so I'm fit and strong for surgery, please join Dena by commenting below and pledge a few pennies per km.


Below you'll see the progress I've made so far. I'm proud that I have rode my bike to chemo every time (after the first treatment when the docs said I no until we knew how I'd react - I did fine, so on the bike is was). I've also ridden my bike to get my blood work, to see doctors and to see my physical therapist. I ride to get coffee and groceries and all those new-house errands. Maybe I'm in denial, but I refuse to sit around and feel sick. Sure I'm tired. My rides are definitely taking more energy than when I was healthy. I'm logging about half the usual distance. But I'm also climbing and descending lots of dirt roads, so the routes are genuinely harder. I'm really trying to take advantage of this time to re-sculpt my muscles so I can come back even stronger. Chemo may not be the elixir used on Captain America, but I'm pretending that the every three week infusions of Herceptin are ;-)

I must admit that it's not just the contributions that are inspiring me. I do have some pretty amazing scenery around here. 




date
kms ridden
meters climbed

ride
Thursday, July 23, 2015
39.1
367

to chemo and dinner with Henry
Friday, July 24, 2015
2.5
35

breakfast and dentist
Saturday, July 25, 2015
108.4
1833

Sunday, July 26, 2015
85.6
766

Monday, July 27, 2015
26.9
180

Coffee and Wagon Wheel
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
9.1
87

Ice cream
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
12.8
77

Coffee and doc
Thursday, July 30, 2015
62.6
776

Friday, July 31, 2015
56.2
775

Saturday, August 1, 2015
85.2
808

Sunday, August 2, 2015
112.8
2049

Monday, August 3, 2015
64.4
699

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
81.3
1004

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
48.6
779

Thursday, August 6, 2015
62.3
975

Friday, August 7, 2015
34.2
532

Saturday, August 8, 2015
91.3
1571

Sunday, August 9, 2015
114.3
1567

Monday, August 10, 2015
6.7
67

Coffee - rest day
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
23.3
225

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
37.6
207

Errands and doc
Thursday, August 13, 2015
45.7
320

Doc and errands
Friday, August 14, 2015
23.8
122

Doc and coffee
Saturday, August 15, 2015
95.4
1460

Sunday, August 16, 2015
123.4
1137

Monday, August 17, 2015
59.7
532

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
54.8
933

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
65.1
999

Thursday, August 20, 2015
40.5
676

Friday, August 21, 2015




Saturday, August 22, 2015




Sunday, August 23, 2015




Monday, August 24, 2015




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Thursday, August 27, 2015




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1673.6
21558



kms ridden
meters climbed





I have mentioned the Breast Cancer Research Foundation several times on the blog. These are the folks who actually fund real breast cancer research and cures, and these are the folks I am asking you to support in my name. You can donate a fixed amount or pledge per kilometer for every km I ride from my last chemo on July 23 to surgery on September 8. I will match the donations up to $5,000. Leave a comment here if you are donating based on distance. Otherwise, you can just go directly to Breast Cancer Research Foundation to make a donation now.

You can track my distance daily on strava - look at the bottom of the blog (web version). I will ride more because my readers will be donating more. So please help me as I say Yay! Science and say thanks for funding my cure. Please donate to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

For those skeptical about all the different charities and where the money goes, check out Charity Navigator. BCRF has one of the highest ratings there.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for doing the research to find a charity that actually focuses its efforts on research! There are so many that don't, or that do but spend an unconscionable amount on fundraising, as I discovered when I was looking for cancer research charities to recommend for memorial gifts for my father.

    I'll chip in by km and meter: 10 cents per km of distance and 1 cent per meter climbed. (Yes, I have done the math based on current stats! Breast cancer is an issue that has touched my family closely.) Just send me an email when you're done with the total and a link for the donation. Maybe we'll cross paths at D2R2 tomorrow; I'll be on my Boulder All Road, baby blue with red tires and hammered fenders, and arriving at the lunch stop around 1 pm. If not, if you want to meet up early in September, we could touch base at the Group W bench outside the Montague Book Mill; just let me know when.

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  2. Pamela! You have always inspired me as a bike rider (and even more so as half of an awesome team), now even more so in recovery mode from broken back and cancer. There's just not a lot else to say. I know how my radiation and surgery effected me after my diagnosis, and I was NOT out on my bike daily as you are. So, you are still inspiring me and now I want to push you onward. So sign me up for $0.05 per kilometer, and then ride girl, ride.
    Blessings on you, as you have blessed so many,
    Paul

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  3. Pamela, I saw you in the tent after the D2R2 ride but was too shy to say hi. You have inspired me, both as a novice rider (I did the 40 mile Green River route) and as someone who went through chemo 7 years ago. I well recall pushing through the fatigue, determined to live my life as normally as possible. You are awesome! I also appreciate the recommendation of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and am glad to support one that is reputable.

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