“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” — Leon C. Megginson
This was me, almost seven years ago. An orange sized tumour had been removed from the mesenteric wall of my small intestine after 6 hours in the OR. At this moment, we didn’t know if the tumour was malignant or not and wouldn’t know until it was biopsied a month from now. Because of the type of surgery, I had a tube in my nose (as you see in the picture) that ensured that the bile would properly leave my body (which is common practice for this type of surgery). As a result, I couldn’t eat or drink for 7 days. Try doing that when people bring in their steaming hot Tim Horton’s coffees and cream cheese bagels and when people send fruit baskets!
What got me here? Ignoring health signs and thinking I had all the time in the world to live my life to its fullest. I was in the middle of my last long run before the Mississauga marathon. I had come within 2 minutes of qualifying for the Boston marathon and knew that if I managed my race well, that I would have a real shot at qualifying. I remember the entire run was a challenge. I felt like I was sprinting through water and getting nowhere. At the 23 km mark of 34 I was planning to do that day, I was doubled over sitting on the curb waiting for my husband to pick me up. Who would have thought the days and weeks and months of me doubled over in pain wasn’t just me being a little ‘lactose intolerant’?
It took me a full year to recover and I haven’t been able to run long distances since. Do I want to run my seventh marathon? YES! And this year, finally, I am going to get it done. 7 in 2017!
“This is your day to claim your space in this world and to develop your life in the way you dream. It will continue to grow and flow through you like a funnel. All the answers you need right now are inside you. Your hours and years of work are forever in place. TRUST that all of your knowledge and abilities will always be available to you. Share with the world what your story of life is and tell it with all of your might.” An Excerpt from Alli’s newest book – Your First Moment Earns You More Moments – Stand Out in Today’s Job Market
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ABOUT ALLI MANG
Multi-Million Dollar National Brand Spokesperson Alli Mang is an award-winning, results-oriented sales and personal branding. She has built her 30+ year career thriving in a working environment where the pressure to deliver results is measured by the minute– as producer of multiple concert events, as performer/actor, as well as clocking in over 1400 hours of LIVE television, unscripted hosting on the worldwide home shopping network. Alli is also the Director of The Leanne Mang Foundation Inc., dedicated to providing grass roots support for adolescents dealing with mental illness with a focus on suicide prevention.
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