The scars on my abs


One year ago today, it was the Friday before the Boston Marathon. Instead of getting on my plane en route to the race I had trained so hard for, I wrote this blog post:

One year ago today, I received a phone call from my doctor saying they found a 10cm “complex mass” in my lower abdomen. I remember exactly where I was sitting when I got the call. I remember keeping it together on the phone, making sure to write down the when/where for my emergency surgical consult. But then I remember hanging up, and sobbing my eyes out.

It felt like I got hit by a train. I knew something was wrong with my insides while I went to all the different doctor appointments over the week prior, but didn’t think it was anything serious. I didn’t think it would would warrant surgery. Much less emergency surgery.

I remember leaving the surgical consult, standing in the hot sun talking to my dad on the phone in the hospital parking lot. I remember hearing myself tell him not to fly out yet, because I still wanted to fly to Boston that day. But we both knew I wasn’t going to get on that plane.

I’m overcome with a lot of emotions, thinking back on this day one year ago. But mostly, I’m thankful that the surgery went well. It wasn’t cancer. And I was able to get back to my normal life – including running – within just a few weeks.
The scars on my abs remind me of this day, one year ago, and how the Boston Marathon will always mean something different to me. It will be the race I blissfully qualified for, heartbreakingly missed, but worked hard and re-qualified for 1.5 years later. Boston 2013 will be the Boston 2011 experience I missed. And I look forward to that weekend with joy.

Good luck to all those racing this Monday. I’ll be cheering for you extra loud, just like last year, from Colorado :)

9 Comments Add yours

  1. kaitwatts says:

    Sorry to hear that, but also happy to hear that the mass was benign. Cheers to running next year!

  2. Beth says:

    I remember that and was heartbroken for you! I’m so glad you’ve been able to recover and bounce back to good health and fantastic running so well!

  3. Lisa says:

    It’s amazing how much something like that can offer you in perspective. I’m so glad the result was a good one and that you’re back on track. And what a reward to have Boston ’13 to look forward to. Yay you!!!!!

    And I’ll take any cheering I can get (near or afar) as the forecast is saying things like “could be hottest marathon on record”.

    1. Efo says:

      Good luck Lisa! You’ll do great regardless of the crazy weather! I’m so excited for you! :) I’ll be with you in spirit!

  4. iampotassium says:

    Whew! I am so glad that everything went okay and that you are happy and healthy again. I remember how my heart broke for you when I read that post last year… :(

    1. Efo says:

      And I remember you guys coming over to visit me post surgery :) that was so fun. i’m lucky to have you as a friend!

  5. Maggie says:

    I remember that. Thank god your surgery went well, and you’re back to being your healthy running self. You will rock Boston 2013 even more than you would have in 2011! I’ll be cheering you on next year from Cali!! <3

  6. Mallory says:

    I still remember reading that post from you. I can’t believe it’s already been a year. So happy you’re doing well!!

  7. Jessica says:

    I can’t wait to hear about how much you loved running it next year. That is a blog post worth reading! ;)

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