Monday, 1 October 2012

Boobie Tuesday - Finale and Race Recap


This past weekend was amazing, overwhelming, emotional, and completely exceeded all my expections. I knew this weekend was going to be a HUGE part of my journey, but I was not prepared for response that I received.

I went up to Collingwood on Saturday afternoon to stay with the lovely Sarah and Bill Pain (of Team Insane Pain MetCon Blue fame). We had a great night chatting and catching up with dinner and drinks. And then we all turned in early to prepare for race day.
The lovely Pain's - Sarah, Bill, + Betty

I woke up on race day having raised a whopping
$1460 for Breast Cancer Research.
Almost a full $500 more than my initial fundraising goal. To see friends, family, and even complete strangers rally around this cause and my journey was amazing. Your support and encouragement this year has given me the strength to face this year's challenges. And I cannot thank you all enough.

Standing in front of sea of pink on race day, really brought everything full circle me. I know all of the stastics. But to see the impact this disease has, staring back at you in the form of families, was startling. Everyone who raced on Sunday had been touched by this disease, and being chosen to speak about it's impact was an honour and huge responsibility.


I was shaking as I approached the stage to speak to the crowd. And my eyes were filled with tears before I even be got started. As I shared my story with the crowd I was greeted mid-speech with cheers and appaulse. And that where I really lost my cool. Here I was trying to thank them for making my beautiful life possible, and there they were continuing to support me. I walked off the stage into a sea of hugs, acceptance, and love.

If you have 3 minutes and you want to hear a bumbly, emotional, tear-filled Krysten fumble her way through her survivor address you can click the link below. (confession I was a bit of a hot mess)

http://soundcloud.com/darwinianfail/krystens-speech

After pulling myself together (slightly), we all lined up at the start, and off we went. The course was set up through the trails, and out along the waterfront. It was meant to be 5km, but a group of us got a little turn around and did an extra 2km. I finished my 7km in 38:21 and was able to sit back and enjoy the rest of the day.


Being able to give back to a cause that has given me and family so much, is probably one of the most important things that I have ever done. And I am so glad I had the chance to be a part this awesome event. I also want to thank Jen (and her whole team) for all of their hard work coordinating Sunday and for asking me to share in this experience.


This is not an experience I will soon forget!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

25 comments:

  1. I'm so proud of you Krysten. You are an amazing inspiration and it's hard not to cheer you on and support you. xoxo

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  2. Yay!! So nice you got to go up and talk about your experience. You sounded very sincere and not fumbly at all (fumbly is totally a word.)

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  3. You have me in tears! I am in awe of your courage!! Thank you for sharing your story! You have made me realize that it is time for me to take action in my own health. Thank you. You are changing lives. Congrats on your accomplishments.

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  4. You are an inspiration! Congrats on your fundraising and great job with the speech...who wouldn't be emotional! Also congrats on your 7K!

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  5. Girl you are AMAZAWESOME.

    xo

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  6. Thank you for all you have done for raising awareness to breast cancer. My mom is a 10+ year survivor so this is hits very close to home for me. Congrats on all your accomplishments!

    Side note: cute jacket! ;)

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  7. Aw--look at you now! What a great story you have and are sharing with the world. Vey proud of how far you've come. Congrats!

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  8. Wow congrats on raising so much money for an incredible cause!

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  9. Amazing! Such an incredible cause. Thank you for being such a pioneer and activist for so many women!

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  10. So so proud of you Krysten!!! Amazing both inside and out! Love ya!

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  11. I am super proud of you, you are truly so inspirational.

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  12. Your speech was amazing. It brought tears to my eyes. You are such an inspiration. Congratulations on such a great effort.

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  13. Thank You for coming and being a part of our Collingwood Run Site Krysten. After 5 yrs as a Volunteer Run Director for the Collingwood Run for the Cure site, I have met so many incredible people and have been touched time and time again, I have a handful of moments that I will never forget abd during your speech when the whole crowd of hundreds of people began to cheer for you, that is a moment I will never forget! THANK YOU for being so brave and sharing a different side of breast cancer with us!
    Best,
    Jen
    xx

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  14. Sarah and Bill told me how inspirational you were this past weekend. I listened to the speech myself (and got a little teary eyed) and wanted to say you are such a strong woman-- you story is truly touching.

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  15. Such a great accomplishment, raising all that money, giving your speech and running the race. Breast Cancer impacts so many people and it's important to find a cure. I sat through a course this weekend learning how to exercise with survivors. The information was amazing. I had no idea how traumatizing the process actually is.

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    1. It's true the affects on the body are huge. I am 6 months post-op and my chest/upper body is still not 100%. My docs expect that to make a full recovery, plus rebuild what I lost, is going to take closer to a full year. A lot longer than I bargained for that is for sure!

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  16. This is amazing. I got goose bumps reading about it! So proud of you!

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  17. It was absolutely amazing! You are absolutely amazing! I had tears in my eyes again. HUGS

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  18. You are absolutely amazing! You are seriously such a strong woman and you have so much fight in you! I could not be more proud to "know" you.

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  19. Who says strength and courage doesn't come in small packages! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Congratulations, Krysten! Thanks for sharing this journey with your readers.

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  21. You're amazing! I loved listening to your speech. You are one of the strongest ladies out there, and you've come out on top, guns blazing! Great job Krysten!

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  22. I'm def. going to have to listen to that.

    You look fab in pink! Congrats times a million bajillion. — yes, that's a real number.

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