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Dear Kim:

As I wrote recently, last year, a few days after my birthday, I had to push my sister in a wheelchair through the airport in Los Angeles because she was so weak. Sunday she ran a mini-triathalon, including swimming a half mile, biking-riding twelve miles, then running another three and a half.

Can you imagine?!!

Can you imagine?!!

My sister is my hero. I have rarely witnessed anyone so determined to grab hold of their life under such traumatic circumstances and to reclaim it.

We have had many conversations about the marathon over the past few months. She was scared she couldn't make it. She was doing the marathon with several friends, some of whom are serious jocks.

I remember telling her that it didn't matter how much she completed. What mattered was the process and her commitment to the endeavor.

Then she called on Sunday afternoon to say she had done it. Had done it all.

Wow.

The only part of the story that makes me sad is that when I offered to go with her to Wisconsin and cheer her on, she said it wouldn’t be necessary; she was with her good friends. So I accepted her decision. But then when she called to tell me how she had done, she felt very emotional and said, “I only wish that you had been there.”

Next time, I will be there.

Later,

Joan

Sunday, July 9, 2006