Bring. It. On.

Posted on March 15th, 2012

Today’s chemo appointment was postponed. That’s not good, not bad.

It just is.

But since Stella will not be dealing with the side effects tomorrow morning, I have decided to run the full 42.2 kilometer Jerusalem Marathon.

Yeah. I know.

It’s freezing, raining, and the wind is just howling outside my window.

But you know something?

Who the hell cares that the weather is a bit unpleasant.

Stella and millions of other cancer patients world-wide deal with much worse on a daily basis. No matter how hard a run is, it is nothing. Those of us who run have decided on our own to accept this extremely short-term suffer-fest. Even if you got up in the morning and ran a marathon in the rain every day, you would still feel better than someone with cancer.

Finishing a marathon is incredibly sweet. This will be #6 for me. You cross the finish line and no matter how much your legs and lungs burn, you feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment, of relief, and of gratitude to the Almighty for enabling you to complete the run. You turn in your chip and get a finisher’s medallion draped around your neck.

It feels good. Really good.

But I know it won’t feel like even one percent of the ecstasy we will feel when we make it to that day — whenever it may come — when we hear the words “You are Cured.

If it takes a month, a year, or maybe many years — we will never give up hope of crossing that finish line for good.

So yeah, a few thousand of us will have to run through some fairly nasty conditions tomorrow.

You know what?

Bring it on.

Yarden Frankl, Neve Daniel



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  1. Rebekah says:

    Hi Yarden.
    The reason I like reading about your struggles is because of the human need to empathize. First, why can I empathize? For the reason, I think, that I have struggles too – like all people have struggles, whether cancer, marathons, eating disorders, rockets from Gaza, and other unspeakable horrors.
    Why the need to empathize? When we listen to another person’s struggles, we become responsible to care, to hear the commandment to “love our neighbor as our self”
    At the same time, when we can empathize with another person’s struggles, we have evidence that in our own way we also fight a ferocious battle. Then we see how united people can be in a good way.
    Much Love,

  2. Gavri says:

    Gavris’ soup will be waiting for you upon your return..

    Go get em..

  3. Rev. Rocky says:

    We continue to pray for Stella and the Frankl each and everyday. Rev. Rocky……..

  4. Steven Wolinsky says:

    Go for it, Yarden! The best of luck to you in tomorrow’s marathon. I wish I could run with you and all the others in Yerushalayim.
    But most importantly, hatzlacha rabba to you, Stella and your family in the most important marathon, the marathon of life.
    Shabbat Shalom

  5. happiness says:

    stay well

  6. Gary Swickley says:

    I saw Sue on Derech Chevron at about 36K, but no sign of you. I guess your testoserone kicked in at some point. Keep running and keep writing.