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l] L| Illil]LJI II]lLJ~, HIlLm ,J~18 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette Make the most of your health by living like you're dying n response to my last arti- cle, "Is there an age limit on fitness?" I received a letter about a senior citizen who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer late last year. She works out daily, and she strongly believes her commitment to fit- ness is the reason her cancer has gone into remission. I decided to contact her and her a few questions, with the hope that her story might in- spire someone else. By the time I hung up the phone, I realized it worked. She had already in- spired someone - me. Her name is Pat Harrell, and she is 78 years old, but don't let her age fool you: She's a pistol. Below is a summary of our conversafiom Q,: How did you find out? "I was preparing to visit my son in Hong Kong. I wasn't feel- :jng well, so I went to the doctor. He said I hadn't had a lung x-ray in a long time, so they did one. The result was that I had termi- nal lung cancer. I had to cancel my trip and begin treatment" Q.: What was your reaction when the doctors said you were terminal? "I accepted it. I was willing to do what they told me to do as far as treatment is concerned, but I have had a great life and I didn't want anyone to cry for me. If I had to exit life, I wanted to go gracefully. I didn't think I'd make it to my birthday in Febru- ary, but I did. At that point, it wasn't a matter ofifI was going to live but how I was going to live that mattered to me most." Q.: What happened next? "Well, I went through chemotherapy. My fitness level kept me strong during the treat- ment. I watched my diet and did little things at home to keep fit until I could get back to the gym. I finished my last treatment on March 31, and I was back in the gym on April 1. I started with light weights, but after three workouts I was right back up to normal strength. So I began adding weight to make it more of a challenge. My cancer has been in remission ever since." Q.: What type of activities do your workouts consist o]?. q.: Knowing your condition "My weight training consists was terminal, why did you decide of 15 different weight-lifting ma- to spend your time woridng out? chines that I do a minimum of "Seven months after finding three times a week. My aerobic out I was sick, I completed my workouts are done five to six bucket list: Iwent to Key West, times a week in the pool, where Fla., traveled back to my home- I use dumbbells made of foam town of Green Bay, Wis., and I rubber. I work out with a group did other things I wanted to do, of five friends. We bring the old but I still made time to work out. boom box in and dance to the "I have worked out my whole music, making our workout fun. life. I've always ridden my bike, There are 168 hours in a week, swam laps and lifted weights. I so committing to 10 to 12 hours believe you are what you decide of working out isn't completely you are going to be. I decided awful." early in my life that I was going to be as fit as I can, and getting Q.: What friendly advice would cancer didn't change things." you offer to anyone who has the misfortune of finding out they Q.: How has working out have a disease or medical condi- helped you deal with your dis- tion that will change their life? ease? "Don't wait until you're sick to "I personally believe that my begin working out. You have to fitness level is why my cancer start before you have health went into remission. I knew problems. Resolve any differ- whatever treatment they gave ences you may have with people, me would have a better chance get rid of all negativity, and get of working ifI continued to up and do something physical. work out. I'm 78 years old, and I Live the best you can." can lift 45 pounds. I have friends who can't even lift themselves up, I know that if I'm lifting dishes into the cabinet and one arm feels a little weak, it's time to work a little harder." Chris Antonio is a personal trainer and former world-class weightlifter. Visit for training tips, news and inspirational stories; email questions to Ankthetrainer@antoniost Of T em-Week )) 4~. {" DR[ MILLER Dre is a junior more noted as a basketball player until last week against Polytech, when Dre found the starting lineup in game three of the season. Coach Bill Collick talks about Dre running the alley and - basically he is referring to a good-sized free safety that will come up and smack somebody on running plays or passes caught in front of him. "i'm just learning to be a football player," Miller said. "it's been ftin being on this team and I do like to hit and make tackles." ALEXA WOODRUF? An eighth-grade midfielder on the Beaconfield hockey team and a three-year veteran. Coach Patti Jo Mock said, !'We need her to direct the offense and to move the ball toward the goal. She is our quiet leader out there." Alexa did her unsung job in the midfie!d the first weekend of the season as Beacon defeated W.T. Chipman (Lake Forest) and Phillis Wheatley (Woodbridge) each 1-0. Alexa also plays Atlantic Lax U 15 Eastern Shore Travel and Delaware Shore field hockey. She is also in Academic Challenge for math. TESS BERNHEIMER A Beacon field hockey and softball player, this seventh- grader is described by her coach as a utility player who goes where she is needed whether on the front line or in the rnidfield. "She can play anywhere and do a great job," said her coach, Patti Jo Mock. "1 don't worry about scoring; sometimes it takes a lot of hard work to put someone in position to score the goal." Tess plays travel softball in the summer and will play field hockey in the winter as her morn and Alexa Woodruff's morn are the coaches. ::%,- CAROLINE JUDGE Pencil in this Cape field hockey senior midfielder as Athlete of the Week any week she steps onto the field. Caroline not only makes plays but prevents others from making them. Against Sussex Tech she had the assist to Jacki Coveleski that led directly t9 the winning goal in overtime. Captain Judge has been a major All-State factor in two lacrosse championships and is stepped up and f used on getting this year s field: hockey team into the final. game,'the onlygame where haw a shot" to win. The bigger the game the better the I rformance sums up Caroline Judge, She had two goalsin a win against Woodbridge for thosekeeping score athome. Mark Hudson Questions Continued from page 18 and given a stupid amount of money who wouldn't want a posse of sycophants and more houses than John McCaln? "No more electrocutions or smash- ing wounded dogs on the con- crete until dead; you're way be- yond that, correct?" Dudes, talk to the rehabilitation experts, oh walt, it's always the rehabilitatec veterans leading group therapy sessions because they have "street credibility" so we beliew them because no one wants to be the dorky backup quarter- back running the scout team in practice. Just a pme? - Is Sussex Tech at Cape on Friday night just anoth er football game? If you've got- ten this deep into this column you know the backdrop but did you know that Cape's defensive coordinator John Parker won a Division Two state champi- onship as head coach of the Ravens in 1993? Cape is the un- derdog in this game but perhap: Sussex Tech is the underappre- ciated. Rookie head coach Bernie Nowakowski not only re places Delaware Hall of Fame coach Bill Coliick but must brin his team to Lewes Legends Sta- dium and look across the field Collick, Parker and Herky Billings (Billings is the absolute biggest name in Delaware high school football) and shut down all the hype of resurgence othe wise, right or wrong, he will never hear the end of it. There Ron Dickerson calling plays fol Tech and Marty Cross running the defense but for Cape it all comes down to "shut down Sivels." If the state's premier back gets it going, not much el., is going to matter. Snippets - Mark "Cannonball" Hudson, a former pole vaulter on my track tean , in the late '70s, back in the glory days for l both, turned 50 Sept. 29 and ye: I am stooping so low as to shot out a birthday wish to a young man who still calls me Coach. Mark is the only person I knov who left Sussex County and moved to Pittsburgh. I know plenty of Steelers fans who liw here and won't take offthe jer- sey or put down the Iron City, the one beer to have if you're r having more than one. Go on now, gift