In 2015, no one would have ever suspected I would suffer from an aortic dissection (a tear in the body‘s main artery, the aorta) and nearly pass away just after delivering my daughter. I was an active 33 year old and for quite some time, it made me fearful to be active again. And it wasn't just my fear, I also had limitations and exercise restrictions after my event that left me feeling defeated and like I had completely lost who I was. 2 years later, I got the nerve to start working out and walking again and completed my first 5K on Mother's Day, right on schedule for the 2nd anniversary of my aortic dissection. I continued to work on my physical and emotional self and completed my first 10K near the 3rd anniversary. Nearing my 4th anniversary, I just completed a 15K Feb 9, 2019. Amidst daily leg issues since the event, I know my ability and I am hypersensitive now to listening to my body if I need to slow down or stop, and I also take good precaution to check my blood pressure and heart rate during workouts and feel I can do this! So, I have signed up for the Cowtown Half Marathon for Feb 24, 2019, 3 months prior to my 4th anniversary (May 15, 2015). This journey means so much to me because so many have not been as fortunate as I. Most don't survive this, and those who have, have a hard time being able to get back to anything they used to do. I make these goals for myself to feel most alive and feel myself again, but taking it slow amd precautiosuly. I walk/jog these races with awareness on the forefront, sharing my story, wearing my awareness/foundation gear and with hope to lead others already affected to good resources or bring others newfound knowledge about this incredibly scary and rapidly fatal condition. Please join in supporting my efforts with any donation feasible for research efforts to save lives and give the future more knowledge about Aortic Dissections. All proceeds go directly to the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health. Thank you for all the love, support and continued prayers for this now life long journey I'm on to keep this aorta monitored and in tact!