While training for a half-marathon in the summer of 2015, I realized something wasn’t “right.” My right leg wouldn’t move when it was supposed to and I felt like I was “running through peanut butter.” Eventually, the tremors began to follow these symptoms. In October 2015, I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s at age 40. Having been fairly active to combat Diabetes, this “new normal” was a shock.“It took me from October to February to accept it. I was diagnosed 5 days after marrying the love of my life and was scared to death about what the future held. For four months I would accept and then deny. It was a rollercoaster.” Eventually, I came back to running and have since completed multiple half-marathons. But I discovered a true love for running on trails.
This year, I have decided to take on trail running and will be participating in the following events:
April 20, 2019 - Earth Day 15 miler √
August 10, 2019 - Park City 15k Trail Race √
September 8, 2019 - Naperville Trails Half Marathon
October 5, 2019 - Hennepin Hundred 50k
I have chosen to raise funds for the Parkinson's Foundation. Not only is their research paramount to fighting this ugly disease, but their educational materials and their programs are incredibly important. Every time I visit my neurologist's office, Parkinson's Foundation educational materials are available as well as new research programs and support programs continue to abound.
Thanks to exercise, medication and encouragement from family and friends, PD will NOT win.