Today 5 of us participated in a 90 min spin class at Gears Bike Shop / Gears Twitter to get a kick start in training for The Ride To Conquer Cancer / Ride Twitter. I've done spin classes before but they were only 30 mins long and then 30 mins of yoga after. So 90 mins was pretty intense. I did the ride 3 years ago and today I remembered what it felt like to be on my bike for a long period of time. Let's just say I am having a hard time sitting on hard surfaces. And this is nothing compared to the 200km cancer ride.
Listening to everyone share their stories of why they are participating in the ride made me teary. I thought of mama. I wanted to share my story but I didn't. I thought to myself, I had my time a few years ago. I wanted to let others talk. Truthfully, I was too choked up. I knew I would start crying if I did. Though I knew no one would judge me there, I preferred to keep the tears in this time.
There were brave souls in there today. Those who've lost someone to cancer. Some who have a loved one battling through it right now. And those who are battling through cancer themselves. You never forget it, but you do become stronger from it. If you allow yourself to.
I've learned a lot over the years in regards to cancer. Not the pathophysiology of it. But the ethics of it. How to empathize and not so much to sympathize. I learned that a lot of people are going through it whether being the victim or the loved one. And I learned that we can all be a part of finding a cure for it. Not everyone will be healed from it, unfortunately. But they don't have to go through it alone. I found that one of the greatest gifts you can give someone going through such a devastating disease is love. There is no comfort greater than that. Even if the prognosis is poor, we can always assure someone by showing them that someone cares and they don't have to do it alone.
You can make a difference. Anyone can. You just need to make that choice and do it.
Thanks for the class, the stories, and the cause!