Monday, May 9, 2011

And life carries on and on and on...


As I type this post the lyrics to Peter Gabriel's song, "I Grieve" come to mind.

I think of all that my family has been through in the last 15 months - changes I would wish upon no one. And yet there has been wonderful things in the midst. And within those changes are Vic and Nicole Kinnunen. Vic just completed Ironman St. George as part of the Triabetes team.

This was an EXTREMELY emotional moment when Vic received the "Cure Jesse" award.... Vic's daughter, Nicole, who is standing with him was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a couple of months ago (his son, with the red shirt, is in the photo also). The "Cure Jesse" award was started in 2008 as the first team of Triabetes embarked on Ironman, awarding it to Jesse & I. It's a beautiful thing to watch new people carry on this tradition in the memory of Jesse. I want to thank all of the athletes for dedicating mile 23 of the run in Jesse's honor. I know he carried you all through.

We all go through many changes in our life, some good, some unimaginable. As I type this I'm embarking on my own life changes of a new house and a new future once again with my amazing kids, Samantha and Joey, starting a new chapter. But life carries on and on and on...

Peace and love my friends.

4 comments:

Mamados said...

Peace and love to you too.

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Wendy said...

May God bless the road ahead, Michelle. I think of you and your beautiful family often.

Happy Memorial Day. May the memories in your heart sustain your spirit when it feels broken.

Steve Ahn said...

Nicely said Michelle - I think of you and Jesse so often and how life can be so wonderful and (seemingly) cruel - then I think that maybe, just maybe there is something much much larger going on.... and maybe all the seemingly cruel events in life only seem cruel because our perspective is limited to these human eyes and brain... All I know for sure is that you and Jesse changed my life and everyone's life I touch .... how odd that I was a pathetic diabetic for 25 years and the year before my daughter gets diagnosed, I meet you two, and you save me?... By the way, Dave and I have gotten back into shape (kind of) and we will dedicate mile 23 of the grandfather marathon to Jesse... in fact, our goal is just to make it to 23:) Hell, the whole thing will be dedicated to Jesse... its all his fault anyway:) Sorry I am never in touch - Its not because you two are not close at heart. I wish you well. Will try to get a photo at mile 23.