Monday, December 15, 2008

2008 "The Year I Started Living"

I wanted to give you an update on my progress before the holidays. First, I am on cloud nine tonight because my trainer, Amber Toole and myself ran 3.4 miles (34:29) this evening. Prior to that the longest distance I have run in my training was 2.7 miles last week. This means I completed the first 5k+ of my life!!! If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I would have ran that far I would have told you that you were crazy! My first official 5k race is February 1st at the Ocala Marathon - 5k. I am very excited to complete my first goal of finishing my first official 5k race. I am feeling really well and functions continue to make slight improvement and I have asked Santa for a new bike for Christmas that I will use to complete in my first Triathlon in April, I have tried my best to be a good boy this year!

To everyone following my progress or reading this for the first time, I wanted to wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season! Make sure you take the time out of the hustle and bustle to remember the real reason for Christmas. I pray that God will bless each of you who were just diagnosed with Prostate Cancer along with your family, those who are going through a treatment process, all the survivors, and all the families who have lost someone to this disease. I think about you often and promise that I will do all I can to help in this fight!

I am closing the book on 2008, what a year it was for me. I will always remember this season in my life. It was the year I thought my life was over, but it turned out to be the year I started living! I am looking forward to a GREAT 2009, lets go raise some money to fight this disease! Happy New Year!

Keep the Faith, Life is Good!


Rabbi Ed Weinsberg said...

Hi, Darren,

I am so delighted for you that you're going so strong and that your fame as a post-prostate cancer triathelon athlete is assured.

Thank you for referring so many good folks to my new book, Conquer Prostate Cancer: How Medicine, Faith, Love and Sex Can Renew Your Life (at

Your blog and my book and blog are really "running in tandem" when it comes to offering hope as well as practical wisdom both to newly diagnosed patients and survivors alike.

May you and yours have a happy, healthy,blessed new year.

And yes, I really would love to see you in Sarasota, if you come this way.

All the best!

Rabbi Ed Weinsberg

Kristie Deanne Bailey said...

Awesome!! God is good!! I am very thankful that things have gone so well for you.. I pray that 2009 is the best year for Darren,Peggy & Tyler Ritch.. Love ya

Marshall said...

Wow, thanks for keeping this blog. My dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer back in the summer had had his prostate removed in October. So far so good. It's so great to read stories of success and hope. Thanks for making the time to share and inform others.

On another note, congratulations on your running accomplishments. I'm a coach for Team in Training and we train many new athletes. The best part of the program (besides raising funds to fight cancer) is seeing people achieve milestones and accomplish goals. Every time I coach a race I cry seeing people achieve things they never knew were possible. So good job! Good luck in 2009 with your ongoing recovery and your racing. Run strong and don't forget to smile when it sucks!

Happy Holidays to you and your family.