I immediately asked my doctor when I should schedule this surgery. He mentioned it was slow growing and I had been living with the side effects for at least five years. He also reluctantly mentioned the three to four day hospital stay with two months of recovery. This meant I could wait until after cross country season when I will be on winter break. The downside--I have a whole fall to prepare for....surgery. In the summer and fall most runners are preparing to peak for a fall marathon. I will be training this year for surgery.
|Knowing I ran two marathon in one weekend in New England with the|
2nd day faster and the following week placing 3rd in Iowa almost hitting
my personal record. I know the better shape you are in the
faster you recover.
My focus is no longer on the surgery and those awful pictures I saw (do not google them-it's really gross and you've been warned) but on what I do going into surgery and what I will face coming out of surgery. The doctors said for this specific surgery it is usually three months of no exercising but they are estimating it will only take me two months before I can return to training. I recovered for 24 marathons in a year. Although that does not make me superior than the next person it gives me confidence in my ability to recover. Truthfully, when I was beginning to think my racing 26.2 days were in the rear view mirror, I got answers. It puts into perspective that everything I did in 2011 was with a four inch tumor--probably not as big then as it is now but enough to make my ferritin remain a 4-10 from 2010-present. I am thinking my best running days may be ahead of me sans life/iron/ferritin sucking, orange-sized tumor.
Time to focus on my "tumor surgery training."