Sunday, 1 June 2008

Race Report

Meowmie did it! She ran all the way - without even one walking break! I was very surprised cos she didn't sleep too good last night and was up early this morning to try and get me to eat. I didn't want to of course, and she tried me with about 5 different foods, I eventually had a few mouthfuls of the Sheba tuna flakes in gravy - which she had offered to me first, but I didn't want it first time round...I thought I would wait to see what else she had in the cupboard.

So, I eventually waved Meowmie off from the flat at 9.45am, she wore her running clothes and she had a dedication to me, her grandparents, and our old housemate Dubbs The Rabbit pinned to her top - they all died from cancer, Nan had stomach cancer (like me), Grandad had lung cancer (he smoked like a chimney!) and Dubbs had kidney cancer. This is what was pinned on Meowmies running top (Meowmie J also ran and had the same message too, her grandparents died of different things though):

There was about 10,000 runners today I think, all ladies cos it was a ladies only race. The men do their race separately on another day later in the year and it is for prostrate cancer awareness mostly. The first picture is all the runners that were behind Meowmie at the start line, the second picture is all the runners that were in front of Meowmie at the start line!

At 11am sharp the horn sounded and they were off! It was an incredibly emotional event, so many people were running and every single person there had had their lives affected by this awful illness. The tributes on people's backs were heart-wrenching. Meowmie had some tears on the approach to the start line, but she pulled herself together once she crossed the start line. Meowmie said the first 500 yards were quite bunched so she couldn't run as fast as she liked, but after about 1km it was more comfortable and people had spread out more.

Meowmie J finished the race ahead of Meowmie L with a time of 29.58. Meowmie L finished in 32.30. These are both personal bests for my Meowmies, which is extra-special cos the race was for me! They must have been trying really hard for me. I am *very* proud of them. In fact people were still crossing the finish line by the time Meowmie L got home - we can almost see the finish line from our kitchen window, if you bigify the picture below, look down to the left of St. Pauls Cathedral, you will see a road with ALOT of runners still out there!

When Meowmie L got home she tried to feed me but I just had a few licks of tuna flakes in gravy, nothing much. I hopped back on the sofa and then Meowmie L presented me with the medal she got today. She told me that I would always be a winner and whatever happens in the near future no-one can take that away from me. She reminded me that I beat cancer once already, and I have gone far beyond the 6-9 months predicted for me 18 months ago. She said that I was her Little Star, the Meezer she always dreamed of sharing her life with when she was a child...I am sure Castle is too, but I fink she always wanted a Seal-Point.

I actually don't look skinny in this photo, but it is deceiving, I am very skinny, I guess I was puffed out with pride for my two Meowmies:

Thank you all for visiting us...your kind words and support are incredibly comforting, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts xxx


Mickey's Musings said...

Storm,that is wonderful that your 2 Moms finished the race and had best personal times too :) You must be so proud! You look proud with that medal :)
I so wish I could hug you and make you better! As I cannot, I will be sure to remember you always as Storm,The Furry Fighter!!
I know you will fight as best as you can too :) I will PURR for you.
Purrs Mickey & Family

Parker said...

Both of your Meowmies had personal bests today...somehow I am not surprised.
What a wonderful turnout!
The photo of you with your medal made my Mommy's eye leak quite hard. It is a beautiful picture.
Purrs and love and prayers to you Stormie and purrs to Castle.

Daisy said...

Oh Stormie, I am so proud of you and your moms. What a wonderful accomplishment. I also love that photo of you posing with your medal. My eyes are leaking a little bit, too. Remember that you are not alone.

KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

Oh, Storm, how wonderful. We knew your moms would do very very well, running for you. I love the photo of you with the medal on. Can KC post that on the Cat Blogosphere tomorrow? You look beautiful, I don't know how you do it, with all the treatment and all, but you are a gorgeous lady.
And like Daisy said (above), you are definitely not alone.
Missy Blue Eyes

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Yeah for your Mom Storm. We are thinking about.

It is amazing--we walked the race for the Cure here and I remember someone pointing out the difference in the wording of "I walk in Honor of..." rather than "I walk in Memory of..."

We have had stomach cancer in our family so we think of you often Stormie.

Poppy Q said...

Yipppee for the two Stormy mums - what a good job they did of that race, boy it looked really crowded, so your mum did a great job of not stopping.

What a nice picture of you with your medal Storm, you look perfect. I am soooo glad you had some tuna flakes, that is good news. Rest up my sweet friend and know you are in our thoughts.


Poppy and mum Q

meemsnyc said...

Wow, what a great job your mommie did!

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

Mazeltovs and stuffins!! Your Mawmees did soh goods today!

And luks at you! The purrteest fighter Weze evfurr seen! (I likes your fangs).

Iz glads you ated sumpin today. Has your Mawmee tried peeples baby food? Itz gentle on da tummee, speshullee Del Monte which iz ats Wal-Mart. Del Monte is all white meat ground ups wif some cornstarch and water.

You knohs uze mites feel bettur wif sum athrogen.. dats glucosamine furr kittees... Da Kitty dat I waz named fur was fightin FIV. She was on prednisone and insulin... Hur tummee didnt like foods a lots uv times. Glucosamine helptid wifin 24 hours... plus tummy rubbies and lots of holdin... kept hur alive a longs times.

Weze purring fur you, dear Storm!

-Katie Ann Kitty Too.

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

oohh Ize furgotted u iz in England... Try Asda furr sum peeple baby foods.

I knohz dat glucosamine purrductz is available dehr, cuz Mawmeez boughts dem in Ruislip n Uxbridge n Seaford n Harefield, sums at da chemists and sums at da health foods stores... Ifns ur Mawmee kin gets it in a capsule form den
she kin fix da dose furrs u.

Glucosamine waz furst given to horses and cats and dogs afore evfurr on da market fur two legged folks. It werks wayz bettur on us den on Mawmeez... Cheks wif ur vet...

Dis here is a goods link about dat

Tara said...

I'm so proud of your meowmies! Those are very good times!

Cancer runs in my mom's family too. Here in the states there is the annual walk for the cure. Her aunt participates every year, and we all pledge for her. And she prepares luminaries (paper sacks with candles), one for each relative with their name on it that she puts around the track that they walk laps for a zillion hours. It includes three aunts, two uncles, granddad and grandmom of moms. The aunt that does this is a cancer survivor herself.

Lots of thoughts and purrs.


Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Congratulations to both your moms, Stormie! :) That is wonderful that they both recorded personal best times! :)

Our humans do lots of runs for charities, including cancer research. Our mom's dad is a prostate cancer survivor, our dad's mom is a breast cancer survivor, and our dad's dad died of an inoperable brain tumour. :( Cancer is a horrible disease.

We are purring and praying hard for you, Storm. We love you.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to both the Meowmies! They both did brilliantly. Stormie you look very proud and beautiful wearing the medal. I do hope you can find the energy to eat a bit and build up your strength. Sending love xx

Karen Jo said...

Yay for both your Meowmies! I am so proud that they both ran personal bests for you. I am also glad that you ate a little, but I am hoping and praying that you will eat more. You look great with your medal.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Dearest wonderful that you came for a visit to see me yesterday dearest girl. I was thinking about your mommies and knew they would best themselves today in the race.
My mommy is not a cry baby but I have to tell you that she did when she saw you with the medal...because you are so very brave. WE LOVE YOU and send you gentle soft {{{HUGS}}}. Thank you for eating a tiny bit.
Love your adoring Miss Peach

MaoMao said...

Oh,purreshus Stormie, you look magnificent in yur medal! Momma cried when she saw your picture and she's not much of a sekretary right now bekause tears are blurrin her vishun.

ConCATulashuns to yur Meowmies on how well they did in the race. We just knew they'd run like the wind for you, sweet gurl.

I'm glad you ated some. We are purrin with all our might that you will eat more. And how preshus that you are yur Momma's Little Star. You are our Star, too, and you will shine in our hearts fureffur.

We love you always.

Much love and huge kittyhugs and our strongest healing purrs and hope from MaoMao and all the Ballicai.

Nomi said...

Stormie darling, you look so prowd wering your miewmie's medal. Well done miewmies. I fink this foto is so precsious that I am saving it then I can always look at it and fink of you. Dat way, I will nefer forget you, not effer.
love, purs and kisses


Kaz's Cats said...

Stormie, we're so glad that your meowmie's ran purrsonal bests in honour of you - you must be one furry proud kitty! We're still purring and purraying for you to eat some more food and build up your strength.

Gentle hugs and kitty headbutts from downunder,

Gypsy & Tasha

Marilynn said...

Congratulations to your two meowmies, Storm -- and we love the way the medal looks on you. You're beautiful, you know!


Marilynn, Grace & Company

The Meezers or Billy said...

concatulations to your meowmies!!!!
Stormie, you look absolutely beautiful!!!!
you are in our purrayers always

Felix, Garfield & Jawsy said...

Storm, we can see you beaming with pride wearing the medal your mommie won from running a wonderful race, in all sense of the word.
You are a brave one, and keep up the eating, u are in our purryers and thots always.

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Just truly amazing! Stormie, your Mommies love you so much and we couldn't be more proud of your fight!! What an amazing goal to achieve.


ZOOLATRY said...

Congratulations to Meowmie... Stormie, we have faith you'll follow in her footsteps and win your race! Take care.

The Cat Realm said...

Congratulation to your Moms!!! We are so proud of them. And you. We think about you and purr all the time for you feeling well and eating and fighting!
Emil and Mrs. OZ
We know wherever Karl is on his honeymoon, he and Ruis are purring for you too!

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Stormie, you look great with that medal and you SO deserve it! Your Moms did a great job with that run!

Please try to eat a bit more sweetie! We are purraying and purraying for you!

The Lee County Clowder said...

Way to go, Storm & Castle's Meowmies. That medal looks great on Storm.

Hang in there Stormie, we're still purrrrring for you. Eat, already, OK?

PB 'n J said...

What a great day Storm - and a lovely medal! You and your Meowmies are pawesome!!

We hope you eat a little more, being proud can make a kitty hungry!

You are always in our purrayers,
Pearl, Bert and Jake

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

We think yoo haf a right to be puffed up in pride! Yoor mommies did an eksellint jobbie! Oh, yoo look so wunnerful wif dat medal...we is purring and purraying furry hard fur yoo Stormy, we already know yoo is a fighter.

Mr. Echo said...

Yoo is a champion Storm! I'm proud of yoo and yur mums. That medal looks grate around your neck.

The Furry Kids said...

Congrats to your moms! They are so inspiring!

Hang in there, Stormie. We love you lots. Hugs and purrayers for all of you.

Jans Funny Farm said...

Oh, Storm, we are so proud of your 2 moms. That is quite an accomplishment. But as you said, your mom did it for you and in memory of others, so she had great incentive.

We so wish you could eat and we know your mom does. You have been a very brave girl through all of this and you do deserve a medal!

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

Storm dear, dids your Mawmee helps you looks at email lately? We sended youz da Rosy Award and hopin dat itz not lostid in junk mail stuffins...

coulds you gohz looks and see?

Katie Ann Kitty Too.

Sunny's Mommy said...

Congratulations to your Meowmies for doing so well in the race!

You look wonderful wearing your Meowmie's medal. You're truly a beautiful girl :-)

Fat Eric said...

Congratulations to your meowmies for finishing the race. That is a lovely picture of you with the medal.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Your two mums did so well in their race, you must be very proud of them. You look beautiful wearing the medal. Purrs and hugs to you.

Just Ducky said...

Yay for the moms finishing the race and you get the medal. Mum says she can sort of read the sign. It it the Museum of London at the end of the road? Mum has been to that place.