I never gave much thought to my health. I mean, I made half-hearted attempts to eat healthy from time to time but not much more. I didn't love how I felt or how heavy I was but I also didn't care enough to make a change. I took for granted how blessed I was to be healthy.
I really started reflecting on my health after one of my dearest friends, Heather, had hers stolen from her by a disease most of us haven't heard of. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Her once energetic body was brought to a near standstill as her heart and lungs stopped working efficiently and struggled to get oxygen to her body.
Then, in January 2019 it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was going to 40 soon. FOURTY! Holy smokes, when did this happen? My thirties had blown by in the whirlwind that comes from trying to balance marriage, mothering, and working full-time. I didn't do a good job holding back a little for myself. Now I was on the brink of entering a new decade and my health wasn't a priority.
I decided that caring for myself was just as important as being a good wife, mother and friend. I didn't have to give everything I had to everyone else. So, I started eating better. Then a friend convinced me to sign up for a half marathon, even though I vowed to NEVER do another. I started training, got serious about taking better care of myself, and have shed thirty pounds in the process.
I also decided to honor my friend Heather by joining Team PHenomenal Hope which raises funds for Pulmonary Hypertension support.
My first half marathon is on October 6th in Missouri. And, because I've lost my mind, I signed up to run the Grand Rapids half marathon two weeks later on October 20th. Would you consider a donation to help get me to my $500 goal? Maybe you can swing $5 or perhaps $1/mile. Every dollar gets me closer to my goal and helps support Team PH in their fight against this terrible disease.
Thanks for visiting and reading through my story!