While we adore + value every #motherrunner in our tribe, the connection is always carved deeper when we get to know more details about you and/or meet you in person. Pam Solomon Shaffer checked both of those boxes: She is one of the six Role Mothers we featured throughout 2016, and we got to know—and laugh repeatedly with— her at the 2016 Another Mother Runner Retreat in Spokane.
About a year ago, she let people know she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Predictably, she fought it like the BAMR she is: With lots of forward movement, plenty of sprinkles (her Instagram account is pambikes4donuts), a sense of humor, and presence as she observed her favorite Kansas sunrises + sunsets.
Within the last week, we learned that she has been admitted to hospice. We are grateful she is resting free of pain, and that her body, which has endured Lupus and fibromyalgia in addition to cancer, won't have to fight much longer. Her spirit will live among all of us: In our happy miles, in our can-do attitudes, in our chocolate glazeds.
We wanted to honor that spirit today with various posts from her BAMR friends. Love you always, Pam. xoxo
HER AMR ROLE MOTHER PROFILE
My story: I started out as a walker shortly after I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2001. The doctor said I would probably feel better if I dropped a few pounds and was a little more active. I started walking, a lot. I lost about 20 pounds over the next four years.
In 2006, my rheumatologist told me I also had fibromyalgia. But I kept walking and logged a little over 400 miles the following year. In 2009, I logged almost 1,400 miles. And I was moving faster, with a combination of walking and running.
In January of 2013, my daughter decided that if her mother with Lupus and fibromyalgia could run that she might like to give it a try. We signed up for a Color Run in May of that year and never had so much fun. In 2015, I ran in six 5Ks, one 10K, and my first half-marathon!
When I don't get to exercise for an extended period of time: I get a little cranky. My husband, Gary, now includes hiking and biking on our vacations.
My post-race ritual usually involves: A doughnut. We have several great doughnut shops in town, and it's my husband's job to meet me at the finish line with a maple-glazed doughnut.
I usually go through ____ pairs of running shoes a year: I go through three to four pairs a year. Although my husband will tell you he thinks I get a new pair every month.
If you'd like to honor Pam—or somebody else in your life who is facing an uphill battle—wear purple this week during a workout.
Post it on social media and tag it #purpleforpam and #BAMR so her family can easily find it. Thanks.
Post-script: Our hearts are heavy: Pam passed away this afternoon.
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