Thursday, December 3, 2009

Marathoners and Hurricanes


I am certain I have introduced you to my most fabulously delicious SIL, Mermaidelicious.

But if you have forgotten, here is her picture:

But this post is not about a picture of Mermaidelicious.

It's a post about love.

By now, all of you out there know that I have Crohn's Disease.

If you didn't know that, well you know it now.

If you don't know what it is, you can Google it.

Or you can just take my word for it.

It sucks.

But let us return to Mermaidelicious.

Do you know how sometimes you'll have someone in your life whom is hurting, or whom is suffering, or whom is just plain miserable, and you care about them so darn much, you just don't know WHAT to do?

Well, we haven't really talked about it, but I think this is how Mermaidelicious was thinking, oh about 18 weeks ago or so.

So with a most personal touch, she figured out a way to not only help me, but perhaps millions of others, as well as providing me with a visual, concrete example of her love for me.

Here it is:

Help for Hurricane Rojo

She's going to run a half-marathon in my honor.


She's never run one before.


Not one.

And I assure you, that no matter how hard I tried, or how badly I wanted to, or how hard the world prayed....I would never be able to run a half marathon for Mermaidelicious or anyone else. But I can most certainly post her journey on my little, ole' blog.

But this isn't necessarily a fund-raising story.

Mermaidelicious and her husband, my brother, Two Fisted Chris, just moved across the country, permanently, oh say, 7 days ago.

This morning, Mermaidelicious will board yet another plane, and on a beautiful morning in Las Vegas, Nevada, surrounded by desert sand and sun, and survivors and strangers and supporters and loved ones, yes, on this date, Mermaidelicious will attempt to complete her very first Half-Marathon in honor of sick, little, old, ME.....Hurricane Rojo.

I'm not even going to try to put what I'm feeling into words.

To do so would be to dishonor her selfless action.

Instead, I will leave you with a montage of Mermaidelicious

Thank you, Mer.

I love you to pieces, and I'll always remember.



  1. Wow, what a beautiful, inspirational sister you have! It is at times like this that I desperately wish I wasn't an only child.

    I'm with you though-- I could never run a half marathon for myself or anyone else. I don't have a medical reason, I just wasn't gifted with fleet feet.


  2. Elizabeth - I have to clarify this for you, because I really think it makes a difference. Mermaidelicious is my sister IN LAW. Which to me, makes her efforts even more selfless and loving. But as a result, she has most definitely become more of a sister. Period.

  3. I am in tears! That is so awesome. I know what it is like to have an in law be more like a real sister and I am so happy you have one that cares for you so much. She is so selfless to be doing this for you and I am thankful there are still people like her in this world. youa re truly blessed and she is an awesome sis-in-law.

  4. Indeed, Shana.
    Especially since her moving truck only arrived YESTERDAY, her house is by NO means in order, she had NO idea she would be moving 18 weeks ago when she started this trek, and, lest we not forget, am I not the easiest person in the world to get along with, let alone the nicest, or with the lowest maintenance. I almost can't believe that she didn't just drop out when they found out they were moving. Anybody else would have. But not Mermaidelicious. Which makes her utterly scrumptious, doncha think? :)

  5. WOW, she definately ROCKS. And so do YOU, which is the main reason why she is so dedicated to her cause. Don't forget that part Heather. You are both exceptional people. Much love from your Queen

  6. My Queen.
    You shouldn't have.

  7. MissAuntGramma DebbieDecember 4, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    That was so touching. I am now in tears. Being my daughter Mermaidelicious is one of the most precious people in my life and I am glad I can share her awesomeness and loving nature with you and your family.

  8. All I can say is that I am equally touched by your kind words. I am so glad that I could do this small thing. Just so you all know there was 3.2 million dollars raised for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation as announced the day of the race. I am glad that I could do my small part. I love you Heather! I wish for a cure more than you could possibly know.