Monday, 18 June 2012

The 3 S's - Sick, Slack and Stressed

I have kinda been hibernating these last few weeks.

I have been sick, stressed slack and cold!

I haven't been running for about 3 weeks, I know, I know. I want to BUT it's been FREEZING!! No seriously freezing! But I promise I will start back up again TOMORROW!!!

Just after the Clipsal 500, back in March, after some advice from a friend, I went and got the mole on my forehead looked at. It hadn't been there long and was getting bigger. I am quite vigalant when it comes to my health due to my families medical history.

My paternal grand mother had breast cancer so I have a mamogram every 2 years.
My paternal grand father was a marathon runner and he died at 58 of a heart attack, I was 11.
My dad had his first heart attack at 44.
My maternal grand father died quite recently, he had alziemers and had at least 2 strokes.
As a result of all the genetic health goodness, I go once a year to get a complete health check, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood tests etc. This also includes getting my ALL of my moles checked.

The one on my forehead had been there less than 6 months when I visited my GP who immediately refered me to a plastic surgeon. Which is when my stressed began.

Last Wednesday I had my mole removed and tested. After what felt like a year of stressing over what the results might show I went back to the plastic surgeon to find out for sure. The results were that the mole had pre cancerous cells but because I had it removed when I did I had got it early and I am fine!

I have been more stressed by this than I thought I would be, perhaps it's just all the things that have happened so far this year building up but it really had me worried.

I did however work out the people I could count on and I was very surprised by that. Some of the people I call my best friends have absolutely no idea what has been happening with me in the last few weeks, not just with this but with my life in general. This has also made me more stressed as I have been really needing to talk. I have been reassessing my friendships and will be only be surrounding myself with positive, supportive people from now on that will call me just because, not wait for me to contact them all the time. This has been a really hard thing for me to do - letting go of the fact that it's not up to me to be the only one in the friendship to do "all the leg work". I really do feel like if I don't call or message then I really don't hear from some of my 'friends' and I have decided that enough is enough.

WOW big step!! But I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders!

So last week I was bed ridden with the flu, thankfully my mum was on hand to help me with the boys. Seriously, what would I do without my mum?? I am feeling better but not quite right.

But have decoded to hit the rest of this flu on the head with a run!!

So now that my major stresses are under control I have NO excuses not to start back with my normal routines. This in particular is my running!!!
My next goal is: 21.1km Half Marathon in October!!

Tate, Damon and I are doing the 12km City to Bay in September, then I will run my first Half Marathon in the beginning of October.

So wish me luck, I think I am going to need it!!!! :)

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