PROJECT: 05-DJC:174.9

This is Deirdre's Breast Cancer Diary. I try to update this blog at least every evening. This is an easy way for me to keep a journal of the experience, and at the same time, I can keep my friends and family up-to-date on what is going on. I find it is not so bad to have cancer, but it is awfully depressing to talk about it. I hope you laugh as you read along. You can find the beginning in February ...in the archives. Thanks again for reading :o)

Sunday, October 02, 2005

I Swam A Mile

I checked my blood count on Friday afternoon...and I was okay to swim on Saturday! Whew! It was so hard to swim after not swimming for a couple of weeks. The first week of swimming I missed was due to the infected open skin from radiation, and I missed another week of swimming because of low white blood cells. I am happy to report that I made it! I swam the entire mile! It was a great day at Mills College. The weather was hot on Saturday: very hot when the sun was out, and tolerable when the clouds obscured it. But being in the water was good...not too hot, not too cool. Mark and I picked up my sister, Erin, and drove out to Oakland. My sister, Arlene (she also swam a mile), brought her husband and three of her children. Arlene and I were able to swim in a lane to ourselves. I have got to tell you, Arlene is a great swimmer. She has such stamina!
Anyway, when we got there we found the parking lot was a long way from the pool, so Mark dropped off Erin and me up by the pool and went to park the car himself. Arlene and her family got a late start out on the road so they got to Mills College a little bit later than we did..but only by a few minutes. We got in line and checked in with the registration desk where we were handed our tshirt coupon (every swimmer got a free tshirt) and we were pointed to Desk #1.
At Desk #1 we filled out our personal information card. On this card we put our name and who we were swimming in honor of and/or in memory of. We could also indicate if this was our first Swim A Mile.
At Desk #2 we were sorted by speed. I was sorted as a medium speed swimmer and my sister Arlene was sorted as a fast swimmer. She got a card that had a shark on it and my card had some other kind of fish. These cards help the staff with lane assignments.
At Desk #3 we were given our Swim A Mile goodie bags. They are nice! Inside were a few goodies: a local publication, some flyers for WCRC activities, and a Luna Bar! I had never had a Luna Bar and I enjoyed it very much. At Desk #4 we were directed to the locker rooms to change. Arlene and I are veteran swimmers and arrived in our swimming suits and towels so all we need was a place to drop our clothes. We chose a spot on the opposite side of the pool where no one was. It wasn't that way for long, though. Soon after we put our things on that side of the pool, it filled up fast. It was just too small in the locker rooms and way too crowded and humid. Plus, I am uncomfortable with too many naked female bodies at once. My sisters are the same way. Anyway...
At Desk #5 there were several Sharpies and spcial cards and an Honor/Memory Wall. We could use the pens and paper to indicate whom we were dedicating our swim to. I swam in memory of my mother, Angie Cronan, and my paternal gradmother, Ruth Viola Truesdell Cronan Dunton.
And finally, Desk #6 is where we swimmers would wait for our lane assignments. We were escorted to our lanes from this point.
So, we swam. And we swam. And we swam a mile.
We had our very own lap counters: Erin and Mark. We had lots of support in Arlene's kids and Duke. Laneia, Arlene's youngest, was very busy with the camcorder, and The Cybershots were going crazy. I don't have a picture to post yet (I am waiting on Arlene to send me some). Arlene is good. She swam her mile in about 34 minutes. I finished in about 40 minutes.
It was a great event. Lots of volunteers. Very well organized. There was a big food area. They served sandwiches, fruit, salads, ice cream sandwiches, chips, water, juice...it was a regular smorgasbord. Our registration entitled us to a raffle ticket, but we didn't win anything. But that's okay! We did it for cancer research...and the giving is the greatest gift we got. Ok, that and the cool bags.

2 Comments:

  • At 6:56 AM, Blogger God's Child said…

    cool bags make everything a lot more rewarding. Congrats on your mile--I couldn't even swim in a teaspoon of water.

     
  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger Big Heavy said…

    congratulations d!!

    i think you are an amazing woman!

    God bless!

     

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