Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts over the past few days. Death is always difficult to deal with, and my aunt was a fairly private person, especially when it came to her battle with cancer, so I’ve struggled with how to share her story. Additionally, I feel as if it is not my story to tell. I can’t even imagine what my uncle and cousins will be going through over the next year and for the rest of their lives. She will forever be remembered and missed.
My aunt was so supportive of all of my ridiculous athletic pursuits. Even on her death bed, she still supported me. I had sent my cousin a text to tell her that I spoke about my aunt during Team Fight’s dedication circle before Rock and Roll USA. She shared this with my aunt, who was thankful and wanted to know how my race went. Even in her last days, she cared about me and the silly race I was running.
I want to do something in her memory, and though it feels silly, I’m going to dedicate my 2013 racing season to her. I haven’t figured out how I want to do this. I might wear a pink ribbon, but I have strong feelings on “pinkwashing” and how the “pink movement” ignores the women with terminal cancer (a discussion for another day). I might also find out what her favorite color was from my cousins (I have a pretty good idea) and put a colored band on my bike for my triathlons. Those are the races where I’m going to need her the most.
Either way, I’m going to make sure she isn’t forgotten.