Day 68: In memory of Jimmy Cobb

Jimmy Cobb, prolific jazz drummer who worked with Bille Holiday, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie and most famously Miles Davis, as the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ First Great Sextet, has died at the age of 91. He fought a lengthy battle with lung cancer, and he is survived by his wife and two daughters. Cobb’s subtle, steady and understated [...]

May 27th, 2020|Dedications|

May 24: Liquid Biopsies and The Stories We Create

I received my liquid biopsy results on Friday. A liquid biopsy is a blood test that detects cancer cells circulating in the blood. Proponents believe it is the future of early cancer detection. The idea is that a simple blood test at your annual check up could tell you if you have cells that could possibly become "cancer". Others emphasize [...]

May 26th, 2020|Ride Updates|

May 18th: Pain and Mindfulness Meditation

The past two weeks have been filled with many ups and downs related to my lung cancer but the one constant has been intense and at times debilitating pain. It was the pain I was experiencing that led me to push for scans two weeks ago and that pain increased exponentially over the ensuing days. The causes were unknown—possibilities ranged [...]

May 19th, 2020|Ride Updates|

Day 61: In memory of Ronald Shurer

Ronald Shurer, the Green Beret medic awarded the Medal of Honor for aiding the wounded during a six-hour firefight in Afghanistan in 2008, died of lung cancer Thursday. He was 41. In an Instagram caption accompanying a photo of him and his wife, Miranda, the retired Army Special Forces medic on Wednesday expressed concern about the efficacy of his lung-cancer [...]

May 19th, 2020|Dedications|

May 8: Self-perception, Scans and Anxiety

I rode my bike 70 miles yesterday, to and from my doctor's appointment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Monmouth County, NJ. It was cold and I was carrying a heavy backpack (now that I no longer have a "bike support team"), and I didn't even know if my route was bikable. For some reason though, I felt more [...]

May 15th, 2020|Ride Updates|

May 6: Good and Bad and the Tale of the Chinese Farmer

As with life on the road, life at home is filled with twists and turns that trigger a "wow, that's great" response or an "I can't believe this is happening" response. I think it is human nature or at least human learned behavior to want to label "what is" rather than just accept it "as is". I had two experiences [...]

May 15th, 2020|Ride Updates|

May 3: Home and A Thousand Paper Cranes

We arrived home to our five children, flowering garden, unopened mail, dishes in the sink, dirty clothes on the floor, etc. etc. with an overwhelming mix of emotions reflecting the chaos around us. Our life. It is at once beautiful, uplifting, oppressive and stressful. It is good to be home. I was summoned mid day to the kitchen, expecting to [...]

May 6th, 2020|Ride Updates|

Day 48: In memory of Suzanne Marie Trumbore Leitschuh

Suzanne Marie Trumbore Leitschuh, age 65 of East Thetford VT, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020, of metastasized lung cancer at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care. She was born September 9th, 1954 in Lawrence MA, to Mary J. Trumbore and Lewis C. Trumbore Sr. She is survived by her two children, Lydia R. Leitschuh, [...]

May 6th, 2020|Dedications|

May 2: The Capitol, Endings and New Beginnings and Advocacy

We road another 100+ miles today from Hanover, VA, crossing into Maryland at the Potomac River in Morgan Town, crossing back into VA at Alexandrea, and back over the Potomac again to end at Capitol Hill in Washington DC. A beautiful end to the first chapter of the BikeBreatheBelieve advocacy campaign for lung cancer awareness. David and I said good [...]

May 6th, 2020|Ride Updates|

May 1: North Carolina, Virginia and May Day

We biked 105 miles today crossing from North Carolina into Virginia through Richmond to Ashland. It was a long, hard day complicated by wind, rain and traffic with very little time to experience a moving meditation or contemplate anything other than moving forward and staying alive. Some days are like that. Road weary, I will keep this simple with a [...]

May 2nd, 2020|Ride Updates|

April 29: North Carolina, Tobacco and Lung Cancer

We biked 120 miles through North Carolina today, leaving the eastern coast behind and moving inland on rural roads towards Raleigh-Durham. We passed miles and miles of beautifully cultivated fields: hay, soybeans, but mainly tobacco. North Carolina is the leading producer of tobacco in the US and tobacco is the state's leading cash crop. Great for the North Carolina economy, [...]

April 30th, 2020|Ride Updates|

April 28: The Eastern Seaboard, American History and a Few Fun Facts

We biked 115 miles today, leaving the beautiful historic city of Charleston and cycling north along the Eastern Seaboard to the North Carolina border in Little River. The most striking aspect of the ride was how much history is rooted in this seaside corridor, so I'd like to share some of the more interesting facts. In 1776, Charleston was the [...]

April 30th, 2020|Ride Updates|

Day 46: In memory of Michael Suesserman

Michael fought his battle with EGFR-mutant lung cancer with unwavering bravery, strength, positivity, and determination. He battled back from one terrifying obstacle after another yet never lost his courage, never once gave up the fight...till it was clear these past few days that there was nothing more that could be done. Since his diagnosis in April 2018 Mike quietly but [...]

April 30th, 2020|Dedications|

Day 45: In memory of Leah Shoshanna Hammerman

She was a kind, warm-hearted and down to earth person who cared a lot about kids and was quite sad that she would likely leave this world without being able to have any or even foster, as she briefly considered doing before she passed at the age of 40. I think she deserves to be remembered.

April 30th, 2020|Dedications|

April 27: The Beauty and Wisdom of Trees

We biked 109 miles today from Savannah into South Carolina, ending in Charleston. The highlight of the day was visiting the Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island, a southern live oak considered to be one of the oldest trees in America. Some estimate it to be 400-500 years old and others 1500 years old. Either way, it's been around for [...]

April 28th, 2020|Ride Updates|

Mindfulness: Instructions for the Journey

The self you leave behind is only a skin you have outgrown Don't grieve for it. Look to the wet, raw, unfinished self, the one you are becoming. The world, too, sheds its skin: It's easy to lose this tenderly unfolding moment. Look for it as if it were the first green blade after a long winter. Listen for it [...]

April 27th, 2020|Mindfulness|

Day 43: In honor of Yovana Maria Portillo

I am a Stage IB Mucinous Adenocarcinoma Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Survivor. The tumor on my left lung was an incidental finding while being treated in the Emergency Room as a result of being a passenger in a motor vehicle accident. I received a diagnosis and a lower left lobe lobectomy on my left lung in July of 2016. I [...]

April 27th, 2020|Dedications|

Day 42: In memory of Lesley Krista Barnhorn McAllister

Lesley died Aug. 30, 2017, in Davis, Calif., almost four years after her diagnosis with neuroendocrine (atypical carcinoid) lung cancer. She was a brilliant environmental law scholar as well as a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, and dear friend to many. Lesley came to Princeton from Cincinnati and majored in civil engineering with a certificate in the Woodrow Wilson School. [...]

April 27th, 2020|Dedications|

April 26: The Universe is Unfolding as It Should

Sometimes in life there are coincidences that reconfirm that the universe is unfolding as it should and today we had one of those experiences. We biked about 85 miles to Savannah, through more marshy landscapes filled with gigantic southern live oaks and remnants of American's colonial roots and revolutionary war history. We passed hundreds of commemorative plaques along the way [...]

April 27th, 2020|Ride Updates|

April 25: Raising Awareness, Taking a Turn and Healthy Habits

After learning of yet another friend's death from lung cancer it is clear that while my bike across America is over, the campaign for lung cancer awareness must continue. To that end, BikeBreatheBelieve will continue to post information about lung cancer, dedications to people living with lung cancer and who have died from lung cancer (please continue to send dedications [...]

April 27th, 2020|Ride Updates|

Day 40: In honor of Charles Clements

I have been blessed to be married to Charles for almost 37 years. He is the most humble, most honorable, loving, and faithful husband and father I know. In June of 2017, he had an angiosarcoma tumor removed from the back of his neck. No further treatment was prescribed. Then in the fall of 2018, he was diagnosed with radiation [...]

April 26th, 2020|Dedications|
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