Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New year, new goals

I was reading my goals from last year and they were pretty simple (on purpose):

1. Get to remission.

2. If I get to remission, train for, and complete a couple of races.

3. Did I mention, Get to REMISSION?!

I felt pretty good upon reading these because miraculously enough, I accomplished both of those!! This year, however, I have BIGGER GOALS. Some I will not share on here because they are personal, but a couple I will share. They are (drum roll please)...

1. To build our melanoma support group here, the Idaho Sol Survivors, into a FOUNDATION. We haven't quite thought of a name for that yet (it will most likely be more broad than 'Idaho' though), but we have lots of ideas and goals. With that, we hope to first get it established as a 501c charity and then get a website started. We have lots of ideas on fundraisers, some simple, some elaborate, but I think if we can do 2 per year to start with, that would be great!

Our mission for our foundation is to promote awareness (specifically in schools and amongst younger people) for melanoma and other skin cancers in our local communities of Idaho, especially since Idaho has one of the highest incidence rates of skin cancer in the country. The second part of our mission is to provide financial aide to melanoma patients that live in a community like ours--where there is no melanoma specialist/oncologist--to travel to a place where there is, so that they can have the best opportunity to receive the newest treatments with top specialists.

Some of my other goals include...

2. Keep building my nutrition as to adopt the habits that I feel are best for my health--and my family's. (I know this might seem silly to most of you who are probably thinking, "How could she possibly eat any healthier?", but trust me, there is always more that you can be doing and I am trying to do one thing at a time.)

3. Compete in a BIGGER race this year--probably a Half Aquabike--a 1.2 mile swim and a 56 mile bike ride. And place 1st. (Hey, I finished 1st in both races last year. Why not a repeat?! ;)

4. Most importantly, STAY IN REMISSION!!!!

Ok, I won't bore you with any more goals. But I had to get it out there because when I write it down on record, it always seems more REAL and SET IN STONE.

What are some of your goals for 2012?

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