“I haven’t run in at least six months,” said Justin Ozuna, who’s been fighting CML for 6 years. “I knew it would be hard, but I wanted it to be harder than sitting at home and wondering what was going to happen next. My legs kept moving. My body began to hurt, but my head began to lighten. I’m sure that I looked like the Lance Armstrong of zombies as I struggled up each hill, but I’m confident that nobody has looked less graceful running down them. It was just what I needed. I felt much better…The marathon of the mind is one that never goes away…It’s just another day, another lesson, another hurdle on the road to the finish line. I’ll have hard days, but that isn’t a prerequisite to be hard on myself. When I learn that lesson, things will be a lot easier in the future.”
Justin talks frankly about hard times, and the lessons that he’s learning along the way to get through them—like being too hard on oneself, and learning instead to focus on the present.
His blog also chronicles lots of other cool things happening in his life. He hasn’t let cancer, or his need for a possible bone marrow transplant, define him.
Keep fighting and please keep writing, Justin. Your honesty inspires me to climb.