The battle with cancer and dealing with the medicines used to irradicate it results in a long and arduous race. We all have some level of fear and dread when we hear the word cancer. There are lots of questions and stories of miraculous cures and frightening lost battles to absorb as people share their stories. As I travel along the path with Rita, I am learning things that I haven’t known. There is an encouraging peace that seems to come with knowledge. That is not to say that knowledge changes what is happening but learning details about what to expect, side effects and reasons behind what doctors decide calms fears and gently moves one to incorporate each stage and change as a part of daily life at that moment in time. As I see Rita take each chemo treatment, deal with exhaustion and hair loss, I watch her continue to live life as fully as possible, work with joy and share her daily walk with an appreciation for all those who want to help and who touch her heart in many different ways. It is a time for friends and family to pull together in the ways we should always be. There are things to learn, hearts to soothe, joys to share and the rest of the race to be run. This view of everyday life is touching people who know Rita, people who know me and people neither of us know who are reading this blog. That is what Rita hoped for when we began this photographic journey. With tests, a lumpectomy, four chemo treatments finished and 12 new chemo treatments starting next Monday, those who are reading and praying for her are learning from Rita how to run this race with faith, hope, joy, determination and with the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:6-7).