The Act of Breathing

As I was rounding mile 14 and closing in on the finish line it hit me… I’m one of the lucky ones.  Why?  Because I get the chance to really understand the importance of breathing.

Sometimes I see this battle with melanoma as a blessing.  I remember lying in the MRI machine, clutching my 18 month old son’s lovey, praying for more time, more breaths.  I never want to take a single day or breath for granted again.  I got my wish.  My son is now 4 years old and I have a second son who is almost 2.   Each breath is a gift and that is a rare knowledge that survivors feel to their core.

With my heart beat racing I just kept breathing to enjoy and succeed at the goal I had set for myself.  To make my lungs work for me.  To pull that precious – cancer killing – oxygen in an out of my living body. Crossing the finish line for a second time at the 25K Fifth Third River Bank Run, I knew I had pushed harder and set a new P.R., but this year my thoughts were less about running to survive and more about just enjoying my survival.

The act of breathing… air in, air out… life in, illness out …. happiness in, sadness out…. strength in, fear out… air in, air out.

Simple and yet so powerful.

25K Finisher Photo With My Life and Running Partner - Paul

25K Finisher Photo With My Life and Running Partner – Paul

Author: sunality

I am a mother of two and survivor of a very scary malignant melanoma diagnosis. I was diagnosed in my early thirties. Since that day, I have been working to change my lifestyle and incorporate sun blocking effective products into my daily life to create a new reality of living in the sun... my "sunality." I want to pass along this information to others who are facing the same lifestyle changes and challenges. You can still live a normal life and protect yourself from the deadly effects of the sun.

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