About “To Run and Play”

Julie Hatch has metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor or PNET.  Her story is one of enduring, of desperately wanting to live.  She fears death, both the process of pain and suffering, and even more, she fears being separated from her family, especially her children.  The purpose of this blog is to update family and friends of her condition, and her way through each setback and hospital stay.

After Julie began to have severe pain and discovered she had wide-spread bone metastases in April 2016, she cried out in a moment of sorrow, pain, and agony of soul, “This is not who I want to be! This is not how I want to be remembered. I want to run and play! There is so much I want to do.”  Julie is something special, and to hear this mournful cry was heart rending.  I was so moved by her simple wish “to run and play,” that I named this blog after it.

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Waiting for another round of chemo, always ready to jump back in, feet not touching floor

Another cancer fighter and NCAA basketball couch, Jim Valvano said, “To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think — spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that’s a heck of a day.  You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

In writing and reading about Julie and her trials, I hope we cry over the sadness of her ordeal.  I want to cry.  I want others to cry.  I hope we laugh.  Julie would often say, “I love it when you make me laugh.”  I hope we think about how wonderful life is, how wonderful family is, how special children are, and how fun and exciting it is to be a child at any age, how fun it is… “to run and play!”

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