Kristen's Fight Against Cancer
I'm joining hundreds of others to beat cancer by participating in the Bike to Beat Cancer, a one day cycling event to benefit Norton Cancer Institute. I want to make a difference for the thousands of people in my community touched by cancer. The funds I raise will stay right here, helping with prevention, early detection, research and treatment for this disease.
Please support my efforts to build hope and beat cancer! Thank you in advance for your help.
My Personal Web Log
My aunt Mel & my journey
Hey everyone! It is home stretch, just 6 days until WE RIDE! I am beyond excited to do this in honor of my mother and now in honor of my aunt Mel "Velma". My aunt is suffering right now from cancer of the uterine region that has now spread to her lungs and is causing her kidneys to fail, they are only working 30% from what I am told and has an infection in her blood that the Dr. cannot figure out what it is or why it is. She is taking medications through her port every other days for several doses over the next few weeks that is only 85% effective. So with this in mind I am now riding for my mother and my aunt. A little background, my aunt took care of me when I was a child because my mother was in some trouble at the time. She was like a second mother to me in my greatest time of need. So now I want to show my appreciation for all that she has done for me.
I am so HONORED to do this and the fact that I CAN DO THIS! The past few months of my life have been altered mentally with losing my father and my struggles with my weight gain. I had got up to 52 gone and have gained 30 of it back. I am fighting to get back to that mindset that I had in the beginning. Just so hard when you love food. Bike riding is something that has not only helped me physically but also mentally. There is nothing like getting out in the trails and seeing all the beauty of God's creations. The Parklands is like home to me where I have rode my bike through it's trails now for the past 2 1/2 years. Such a wonderful place and you can ease your mind in being there just with your thoughts and clear you head. My bike and I have a bond for life and I LOVE riding. I may not be the fastest but I WILL finish this ride even if I have to be that last person across the finish line. I AM GONNA DO IT! I will do it for my mom and my aunt!
I tell you, losing my mother was so devastating and I hate for anyone to have to go through losing someone the way I lost her. There are no second chances in life, we have 1 life, 1 chance to live and I believe whole heartedly in living the best life I can and doing the right things. I want everyone to know that is following my blog to know that no matter how mad or upsetting a parent or loved one is or can be at times, never take them for granted or be disrespectful, for one day they may not be there. 100% FACT as I have lived this for the past 15 years. I took my mom for granted and thought she was made of iron and nothing could take her down....I was wrong, dead wrong. That cancer took her from me in 6 months. GONE! So please hold your loved ones tight, give an extra kiss and hug because I wish I could do that everyday to my mom. I miss her embrace and comfort. There was nothing like a hug from my mom. <3
by Kristen Mohr on Sun, Sep 02, 2018 @ 8:46 PM
So this past Saturday I was training and got up to 26 miles! I rode from Shelbyville Rd all the way over to Seatonville Rd (Beckley to Turkey Run of the Parklands). Boy I was wore out BUT I DID IT! I plan on going again this weekend...may even go a little further. I gotta get up to 35 miles! :)
by Kristen Mohr on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 @ 9:50 PM
Every day that goes by...
You know, every day that goes by I am always thinking of my mother and those around me that have lost someone to cancer. Just the other day someone lost the battle at a young age and it make me so sad. Why does this thing called "Cancer" exist? I wish God could cleanse people of this horrible thing. It is so scary to think that one day I could be trapped by this disease....if that is what you call it. My mother had a really bad, aggressive type of cancer and she waited way too long to go have herself checked out. A lot of people do this, PLEASE DON'T DO THIS! GO GET CHECKED! This is always in the back of my mind, what if?! My mother was only 48 when she died.....way too young. There are those that are even younger that are passing away from cancer. I plan to give it all I have to get through this 35 miles! I may not be fast but I WILL DO IT! I hope my mom watches me do this for her and knows that I love her with all my heart! <3
by Kristen Mohr on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 11:20 PM
Introduction & My Why
Hey everyone! Welcome to my page! I am extremely excited and nervous all at the same time as this is my first year doing this. My longest ride was 20.2 miles so far and I am doing the 35 mile ride this year (2018). I wanted to give you all some background as to my "why" for doing this. 14 years ago when I was 17 and in high school, I lost my mother to non-small cell carcinoma of her lungs. I watched her fight for 6 months until she passed while in a medical induced coma to keep her comfortable. She found out too late that she had cancer as it was in the 4th stage and the type she had was very aggressive. Treatments back then were not what they are today as I see articles all the time about people living with the type of cancer she had. I am currently working in the Research department at Norton Healthcare negotiating research study budgets, so in a way I am fighting cancer every day when I negotiate cancer budgets. I have a passion to find the cure and help all patients who have to face this horrific disease/condition. My heart goes out to every single one.
I truly hope one day we find a way to beat cancer and so with that said I am ready to begin training and ride in honor of Sherry K Carter; my mother who I miss and love very much. <3 God Bless!
Kristen D. Mohr
by Kristen Mohr on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 10:45 AM