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Fatmah AlzahraniFatmah Alzahrani
Dalhousie University
Class of 2017

My head is pounding
From long nights without sleep,
My remedy is to punch through,
Hoping to find the good memories I used to keep.

It’s getting harder to reset the darkness in my mind.
Yet I plaster a weak smile,
I hope it looks genuine and kind.

Cause there are still people to be seen,
And oh so many things to do.
It will never end, it will never do.

They tell me what to do,
And I yearn to learn,
But my constant worry,
Makes it easy to burn.

The inferno that passed,
Is quickly extinguished.
All for a possibility of becoming distinguished.

When I was young,
They said it would happen one day,
But one day has arrived; the clock has swung.

Shouldn’t I be happy?
Shouldn’t I be glad?

For helping with health,
In addition to earning wealth!

One of those eternal evenings,
It repeated what was rife.
We are mere mortal beings,
So it’s a life for a life!
It will never end, it will never do;
until my time is due.

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Peggy_newPeggy Cumming, is a wife, mother, grandmother of 6, sister, niece, cousin and friend, as well as a teacher - retired after 34 years in the classroom - and an athlete.  She is now recovering from thoracic surgery and undergoing chemotherapy.


In the decade of my 60s I had fantastic opportunities for adventurous challenges. I climbed mountains, bicycled in Europe, swam lakes and seas, and enjoyed week-long hikes. Doors also opened for Masters’ competitions: local summer and winter triathlons, 10 k road races, National Swim Meets and International Dragon Boat races.

All of these challenges demanded physical training and power from my body. During that decade, my athletic participation, and hours in the gym, enabled me to increase my strength and stamina. Through determination and dedication to improve my fitness, my body never let me down. Every year I was curious to see how far I could push my coaches’ training demands, and every year I was thrilled to feel increased strength and to be injury-free. My fitness enhanced my sense of well-being and empowerment.

As a Master’s Athlete, I learned about driving my exhausted body ...continue reading