It is my 3 year anniversary this week. No, not my wedding anniversary. (Shout out to my husband, we are in fact coming up on our 20 year anniversary in May. When did I get so old?) Anyway, this week marks my 3 year anniversary of being diagnosed with MS. It’s a bit ironic that this week is also National MS Awareness Week and March is MS Awareness Month.
For those of you new to my blog, you can read about my MS story here. I talk about what symptoms I had, the testing process and eventual diagnosis, and how one of my first thoughts was if I would be able to continue running marathons. Isn’t it interesting where you mind goes in challenging times?
I’m happy to say that since my diagnosis I have gone on to run 7 more marathons, including 2 Boston Marathons (my third coming up in just 6 weeks!), and last year completed my first Half and Full Ironman races. I never would have imagined this was possible 3 years ago as I sat in my car at the doctor’s office after getting the bad news.
Has it been an easy journey? No, there are many days when my symptoms are acting up and I would rather not get up early to work out before getting the kids to school and going to work. However, what I realize is that if I give in to those feelings, I would probably never get out the door to exercise. It is rarely easy, however, it is always rewarding.
I’ve asked myself why set such lofty goals? The answer is that I find strength in persevering and working toward things that may seem difficult or even impossible. I believe that God has planted the desire to set big endurance goals in my heart and will use this in some way to His glory.
I am not saying that everyone with MS should go run a marathon or do an Ironman. I am aware that MS affects each of us very differently and that many are not physically able to do these things. I feel very blessed that currently I am able to push my body and mind to this level, however, I know that may not always be the case. While MS is unique in everyone it affects, it is also unpredictable and can change overnight. What I do hope for is that along the way I can inspire someone else to work toward something they think is out of reach, whatever that may be.
Thank you to my family, friends, and blog readers that have supported me in this journey that past few years. I honestly could not do this without you.
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