Well, we've almost reached the end of this road. I'm not even going to bother apologizing for the lack of posts over the past several weeks because those of you regular (or, formerly regular) readers are probably tired of hearing them by now.
So, here I am in San Diego. I'm writing in my hotel room and one of best friends, Jori, is relaxing in the room with me. My parents are here in their room as well. The rest of the triathlon crew are in town and headed to the hotel. We're all going to have dinner at Nobu (yum!) in an hour or so.
I feel as though I've finally hit my stride in many ways over the past several weeks: First and foremost, I had a FANTASTIC one-year check-up with Dr. E two weeks ago. My CA 125 had actually dropped three points to 11.5 and Dr. E found nothing suspicious during the physical exam so it was a great appointment. I've got one year of cancer-free under my belt now and four more to go to get the cure I'm striving for!
Next, I am finally ready to compete in this triathlon. I did a practice sprint triathlon with some of my teammates last weekend and survived it. Granted, it wasn't quite as intense as the real thing because there was a fairly long break between the swim and bike portion but regardless, I did fine and it felt good. Also, earlier this week I did a final swim with my unofficial training coach, Al, who grew up a competitive swimmer, and he proclaimed me ready for the race after our swim. In fact, he later admitted that he had tried to engage me in coversation between some of our laps because he needed to catch his breath in order to keep up with me. Woohoo!
Finally, I recently got a promotion and raise at work when I started a new position in mid-September. I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying my new role. It's like I've been asleep professionally for several years and suddenly I'm awake. The position is right up my alley as it involves external stakeholder relationship management, event planning, business development for smaller accounts, and some media and community relations. It's fantastic and I'm just so excited to enjoy my work once again.
There are other things, too. But for now, all you need to know is that just over one year following treatment, and after a pretty rough patch this past winter, things are looking up for J-Woww. And I couldn't be more grateful for all of it.
So, that's the update at T-minus 36 hours before my first sprint triathlon. More soon. For real.