One Senior's Opinion: Walking the Relay, one step at a time

This Friday was the first time I have been able to participate in Bay Village's Relay for Life. Diagnosed in October, 2008, I have been struggling to define myself in relationship to the cancer which turned my life upside down. For some reason, I wasn't able to assemble in public with others like myself who were co-existing with this dreadful disease. 

My cancer was my private challenge. I was reluctant to share much about it except in the safety of my support groups. This year, I decided, it was time to step up with others and be counted as one who is surviving.

Standing with other survivors and those who support their journey, waiting for the walk to begin, I felt an enormous sense of pride. I was sure I made the right decision. I was meant to be here. Uncertain if I had enough stamina to complete the entire lap, I hesitated. Perhaps, I should just watch the others walk.

Then I thought of all those I had lost to cancer – family and friends – and I began walking. Putting one foot in front of the other, never looking back, only ahead, I slowly made my way to the finish line. I may have been the last to finish but I made it.

As I watched the many volunteers who gave so much to help and support those touched by cancer I thought how very fortunate I am to call Bay Village home. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this year's Relay for Life a reality. To my dear friends, Donna and Diane, who are fighting the good fight so valiantly at this time, I dedicate my walk to you. Believe!

Dianne Borowski

Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:20 PM, 06.01.2011