Nicole’s Notes: Getting muddy to raise cancer awareness

April 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm by under Uncategorized

The weather is feeling more like spring so you may want to get out an run! How about signing up for a race? I’ve only one run in my life and it was a 5k. The good thing is, there are lots of them in our area. Erin Mathe from Dirty Girl emailed me after reading my blog on the “More Than Boobs” cancer fundraising fashion show in Virginia Beach that I emceed. She wants folks to support the Dirty Girl Mud Run Virginia Beach this Saturday, April 26 at Greenbrier Farms,  in Chesapeake.

2013 Dirty Girl Mud Run

2013 Dirty Girl Mud Run

The proceeds go towards Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization that focuses on risk reduction and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers in young women.

dgKicking through mud

The race takes runners through an obstacle course that will get your heart pumping, challenge your body, and get you all muddy. Many of the runners and volunteers participate because of their own personal experiences with cancer. Elsa Weller is one of them.

Elsa with her dog Bailey

Elsa with her dog Bailey


She’s an 8-year cancer survivor serving in the U.S. Navy.

Elsa with her mother and husband

Elsa with her mother and husband

She’s running with her mother and a few friends under the team “Muddy Sailors”. Here’s what she shared with me:

 “In June 2003 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  I was told by the doctors that I would have to undergo chemotherapy.   A bag a day for a whole week every other week. For the next six months. I was on active duty in the Navy at the time so I was stationed in San Diego California while my family was in North Carolina. While I was going through all my treatments my parents would come out when they could to help me out with taking care of me along with my sister and best friend.  I was very fortunate that I never got too sick or felt too weak to do anything.  On the year check up in June 2005 the doctor informed me that saw some cancer spots again in a scan and wanted to do some testing. I went back in for more tests and that’s when they informed me that I was diagnosed with Non hodgkin’s lymphoma.   I went thought another form of chemo and this time they wanted to do a stem cell transplant.  So on 1 march 2006 I received a stem cell transplant from myself.  My bone marrow was healthy enough to be harvested and treated and given right back to me.   After that transplant I have had no signs or symptoms of any type of cancer. I have been in remission now for 8 years and counting.   I do battle 2 different types of skin cancer as well. And I get treated for those on a regular basis. That’s what happens when you are fair skin person.    I have been in the Navy now for 12 years and I could not have survived without the Navy’s support  as being my family when my family was not able to be there. My parents were a big part of my recovery along with uncles and sister and of course my best friend. I wouldn’t be here without their love and support and just being there when I needed them.    With everything I deal with I have taken it in strides, the Navy life and my personnel life.     Being strong and never admitting that I was sick is has kept me strong and facing each challenge head on.. that is why I love mud runs as you head to each obstacle it is a challenge just like in life and once you are faced with it you have the option to conquer or let it conquer you. I am the type of person that doesn’t take NO for a answer or if you tell me I am not able to do something I will prove to you or anyone that it can be done.   I always say NO to cancer. It  will never take me and I will conquer it no matter how many times I have had it.  It will never beat. Me…!!!!!”
Elsa Weller at mud run

Elsa Weller at mud run

The pictures you see here are from a previous race.

DG happy huggers

If you don’t have it in you to run, you can always donate your time or money. Check out the Dirty Girl page for info on volunteering and more.

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