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John Kark: The Rematch December 23, 2009

Filed under: john kark,Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 8:04 am

While I’m sad that John has to go through this yet again, I’m still inspired by his fighting spirit… everyone please keep him in your thoughts and prayers…

I was hoping to get everyone something a little better for the holidays but I got the results back from my bone marrow tap and am sorry to say that they were not what I expected. It seems that the AML is pretty embarrassed from the ass whipping that I gave it this summer and wants a rematch, which I confidently accept.

The tests showed a 20% blast rate as of last week so we plan to hit it hard with heavy chemo immediately. Basically, we are gonna come out swinging. The blast rate is the percentage of my bone marrow that is cancerous right now. That will change. I am battle ready and have plenty of fight left in me.

I was admitted back into the hospital today and received two blood transfusions and will start chemo tomorrow. I do not know how long I will be in the hospital but have done hard time before so I will be fine. I am ready to go as many rounds as it takes.

People should not feel sorry for me, they should actually be a little jealous. I have lived, laughed and loved more in the last two months than some people have in the last in the last 20 years of their lives. I have a lot of living left to do and so many good reasons to stick around. It is easy to get caught up in the routine of life and not appreciate your days and what you truly have in your life. I have become very in touch with what I have. I have everything that I ever wanted. I have been blessed to make so many good friends in my life and am fortunate for the family I was given. I have not suffered as much as I have lived. So please, do not worry or feel sorry for me in any way. I plan to keep on living and will never stop fighting.

This is my fight.

– Kark

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

Margaret Thatcher

 

Honolulu Marathon 2009 December 16, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 4:42 pm

Just wanted to sent out a huge THANK YOU to all who donated and for all of your support throughout the fundraising season this year! This weekend, I finished the Honolulu Marathon with a time of 5:37!! All the hard work paid off because I beat my previous PR of 6:45 by over an hour! You can see some of the pictures by clicking here.

I had told myself before the race that my “secret” goal was to break six hours, and I’m still pretty blown away that we came so close to five and a half! My knee held up fine until the 35k mark (about mile 22ish) and we had to walk most of the last 4, but we were able to pick up and run in to the finish line with big smiles on our faces! It’s a big change from 2007 when I had to walk the last 20!

This year’s Nike Women’s Marathon raised millions of dollars for the Leukemia Society, and the Honolulu Marathon brought in over $760,000! Thanks to your generous support, I came SO CLOSE to my personal goal of $4,000. I raised about $3800 for the Leukemia Society by running in these two events. (I had fundraising pages for both events and this one needed to get to $1970 in order to make $4,000 total (it’s still not too late if you want to make a donation!) – http://pages.teamintraining.org/hi/honolulu09/myoshioka2009) I know that times are hard this year, so it means even more that so many people were able to chip in for a good cause.

The battle isn’t over yet! My friend John is still fighting his second round with Leukemia and continues to inspire me to treasure life to the fullest and to live with a fighting spirit! It really helped when I was in the last miles of the marathon… If you’d like to lend your support or to get updates, please join his facebook group (appropriately titled “John Kark is going to kick cancer’s ass!”) here.

And for those of you thinking, “hey maybe I could do that too?” Find more information about Team in Training at www.teamintraining.org. If I can do it, anyone can!

I won’t lie, I’m definitely looking forward to getting to sleep in this weekend – I’ve been getting up so early for training runs since May that I practically forget what it feels like to sleep in for a change! But it has definitely been worth it. Thank you so much for coming along on this journey!

Mahalo nui loa,
Malia Yoshioka =)