Over the weekend, our little pooch Molly was struggling to use her hind legs. She was pretty wobbly and could only walk a few steps before sitting down. After 2 vet appointments (1 with the emergency vet & 1 with her regular vet), we took her to the animal hospital here in Pittsburgh. She was immediately admitted then transfered to their neurology department. She underwent x-rays which uncovered a ruptured disc in her spine. After a MRI confirmed the rupture, she was sent directly into surgery.
The surgeon told us that she had a relatively mild rupture even though it was large. The surgery was a success and she is in the process of recovering. She is still unable to walk normally but her mobility will return as she heals. She has a month long recover ahead of her. Her activity will be restricted which will be a challenge. She is a very playful and rambunctious little dog but we will do our best.
We feel so blessed that our little munchkin is on her way to recovery and thankful for all the wonderful treatment at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialist. They have truly exceeded our expectations. It is comforting to know that they are there if anything would happen in the future. We thank God for keeping her calm and relaxed. Molly has a bit of anxiety but seems to be doing very well through this entire ordeal.
She will be weened off of IV meds today. If all goes well, we will be bringing her home tomorrow.
Thank you to everyone who kept Molly in their thoughts and prayers over the last few days. It really meant a lot to Ron and I.
"You know you are ruining your body right? All this training you do isn't good for you."
Yep, we hear that all the time. Even after we explain why we train and why we run, people still don't get it. Well let me try to explain. I'm going to give you 'our story'. Just a brief snippet about what keeps us going every day.
In May 2006, I had one year of the ‘real world’ under my
belt after graduating college. But as I type A person I was, I needed a goal. I
no longer had a graduation date I was working towards for the first time in my
life. I wanted to do something for me and do something impactful. I had done a
ton of volunteer work through high school and college but I felt like I needed
to set my bar a little higher. So I decided to run a marathon. Now let me tell you, I was not a runner. I had
no idea how to train for a marathon. I had a friend in college who did a
marathon with Team in Training. She always spoke highly of the organization so
I went to an information session. During that info session, I learned all about
Team In Training (TNT). It is the largest endurance training program in the
country. They train people to run/walk marathons & half marathons, complete
triathlons and century rides (100 mile bike rides). They had coaches and
mentors to help you along the way. In return, you raised money for the Leukemia
& Lymphoma Society (LLS). Now, I didn’t have any personal connection to
blood cancers nor did I even know anyone who did. Then, a sweet old man in a
wheelchair spoke during that information session. While he spoke, I cried. He
spoke about the treatments he received that were funded by TNT and LLS. He said
that because of all the research done on blood cancers he was able to meet his
grandchildren. He said he would never have been able to watch them grow if it
wasn’t for the money raised through TNT. This man had his miracle. At that
moment, I knew I was going to join the fight against blood cancer.
Finish line of my first marathon
So I started to train and raise money for LLS. I also
started dating Ron. Then it happened. Two months before my race, Ron’s father was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). Here I am,
training and raising money for a cause that I had no connection to and then,
all of a sudden, it becomes very personal. Luckily, CML can be treated with a
medication called Gleevec. Since CML is a chronic form of leukemia, this
medication acts as a daily dose of oral chemotherapy. It was our miracle drug.
My father-in-law gets to lead a normal life. Prior to Gleevec, the survival
rate for CML was less than 20%. Now that survival rate is over 90%. The
research and development of Gleevec was funded by LLS with money generated from
TNT. We knew that it was our mission to give back to an organization that has
already given us so much.
Celebrating another birthday for Ron's day
Seven years and over 60 races later, Ron and I are
still running. We are both currently run/walk mentors for the Pittsburgh TNT chapter
where we help other people train and raise money for LLS. We have had the privilege to
meet so many amazing and inspiring people. Those people and their stories have forever
changed our perspective on life. Still, people ask all the time why we run. They think we are crazy. For us, it’s about the treatments and the cures. It’s about more birthdays and more
hugs. It’s so that no one has to watch their loved one especially a child go
through chemotherapy.It’s to beat
cancer. And we are so close. Our family was blessed with our miracle. Other
people need their miracles. We will help
give them their miracles.
So on the days when it is hot or rainy or freezing cold, we train. We put our bodies through a lot. We wake up sore, tired and sometimes bruised and battered. Yes, we do it to be healthy and to hopefully live a long life. But you know what really keeps us going are those patients. You don't get a day off when you have cancer. You still have to get out of bed, go to your treatments and fight. It's a battle every day for them.