Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I've Never Been A Quitter

Alright. I'm ready to face the results and the news on Friday. I'm just going to treat this like any other big hurdle. I'm no stranger to setting goals and working toward a finish line. I know that sounds completely cheesy, but I have to take things one step at a time. I was talking with some friends the other day, and I keep forgetting that this is all so new. Two months out of consecutive brain surgeries, and yet I've made so much progress. Instead of putting myself down, I need to get back to setting small goals and accomplishing them.

Just under a year ago I conned a group of friends (Danny is missing because he's running) into running the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon Relay. Our team may not have won any medals, but we definitely came up with the most clever team name, Operation Grab-A-Stein, and obviously we had the best outfits. 


This our very serious soccer league team photo from a year ago. We had to look tough since we never won a game (or did we...I can't remember if we won once or not. That should show how much fun we had...we weren't even paying attention to the score. We were ridiculous). Victorious Secret was a misleading team name.

  Our Wenatchee Marathon Relay Team two years ago, The Stimulus Packages. There was a catchy phrase on the back of our shirts but I can't remember what it said. I'm sure it was clever, since Michelle made 'em.

This last photo is my favorite, it was taken just before my first half marathon several years ago. I was so excited for this race; I had been training for months. My only goal was to run the entire 13.1 miles without walking. I did it.

Look at my goofy smile in the middle of the madness. Even at the hardest moments of that race I was intent on finishing. I just kept on running. I'm not going to lie, I was neck and neck at the finish line with some speed walkers. Either they were the fastest speed walkers in the world or I'm the slowest jogger in the world. No big deal. I accomplished my goal.

Now for my next goal. Between now and my MRI on Friday I will mentally relax. I will enjoy my accomplishments (both in my life, and over these past few months) and reminisce. And who knows, maybe somewhere along the way I'll find my smile again...I have to keep looking. I've never been a quitter.


  1. I love the new look on the site! Very... what's the word... white!

    Great post too. Keep up the small goals and you'll do great. I love seeing these pictures too!!!

  2. Hurray! Now that's our girl.

    su mamasita

  3. Now you're talking! You've never been a quiter is right! You warned the Chief you're tenacious, he and his team will see. Loved the posting and all the winning shots. xoxoxoxoxoox

  4. Awwww, I LOVE this post. You have had some major accomplishments in your life...way to go! I love that you are sporty and like to run, I'm following in your footsteps.
    You are a very strong, brave woman, you can do this. I hope as my daughter gets older, she will be a fighter just like you.
    You'll find it, never give up HOPE!
    Hope is the best medicine there is.

  5. "So Cal" PattiJuly 8, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Great pictures and a testiment to your spirit and strength! I will be thinking of you tomorrow during your MRI and sending prayers and healing thoughts for a great outcome!!!

  6. I've been thinking of you all day, Jess. Hope things went as we would like, and I know we're all eager to hear from you, regardless. All this progress of yours does have to mean something, test results or not. Also, I hope you pursue a prudent course about cell phone use from now on. It can't hurt to limit or eliminate the little wonder, and it might help!

    Enough preaching. Can you tell it's your old piano teacher???? Tee hee.

    Dee Dee


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