Firstly, thank you to all of my blog readers for your support. I am writing this post from a friend's computer. My life has changed significantly in the last 72 hours.
I lost my home, my car and everything material in Hurricane Sandy. My husband almost lost his life, but he is safe. I am not even in a place where I can write a proper blog post. (See "With No Choice, Taking Leap From Roof to Floating Roof" article)
All I can say is that I have the best friends and family and even their friends and family are amazing. As a matter of fact, even strangers have been amazingly thoughtful and generous. If you watched Brian Williams last night or CBS (in NY) today, you saw my house (the beige house in the weeds) or the foundation of my house. (They are about 1/2 mile away from each other now.) It sounds exciting, but I would much rather have my home then a hug from Ann Curry. (No offense, Ann. Thank you for being there.)
The last 3 days have been surreal and I never imagined that this would ever happen to my family and so many of my neighbors and friends. I am grateful for all I have as neighbors that did not make it through the storm. May God bless the souls of all that were lost. I have my family and for that I am beyond grateful. However, we did lose everything. Our home, car, memories, and my plans. I expected that today I would be getting a good night's sleep and setting up my marathon outfit and bib.
However, I spent the last 24 hours trying to decide if it was right or even possible for me to run the marathon. Then, only a few minutes ago, I learned that the marathon has been cancelled. While I know this is devastating for runners who trained for 16+ weeks and planned for this race since last year when they were injured (oh, wait, that was me), I am also a resident of Staten Island who, along with so many more lost everything only days ago. The wound is too new and the resources are needed so badly. I am extremely disappointed, but also relieved.
Now, I can move on to big issues, like finding a home for my family. Please be grateful for what you have, even if it's without power for a few days.