Brad and I in Colorado in 2001, before Leukemia and Peripartum Cardiomyopathy changed our lives.
Brad and I, July 2010
Brad and I finishing the 2007 Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon with a new PR of 2:07:19.
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I''m Teresa and I turned 50 this year. I''ve been married to Brad, my high school sweetheart, for 20 years, though we actually started dating back in 1982. We have 4 children: Zach, 25 yo; Jake, 20yo; Katie, 117 yo; and Lily, 13 yo.
In 2001, things were great. I had just quit smoking. I''d rediscovered a love of running and was training to run a 5K race with my son. On Thanksgiving Day we found out we were pregnant. I was a size 4. ;-) All was right with the world. In December, Brad was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia and started a brutal round of chemotherapy and hospital stays to try beat the cancer. In July, Lily was born. Shortly after her birth, I went into congestive heart failure and was diagnosed with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. My heart had enlarged and it wasn''t able to pump blood properly.
Both conditions are often fatal, but Brad and I beat the odds. He''s been in remission for more than nine years and after four years of impaired heart function, my heart is healing and slowly returning to normal.
To celebrate, Brad and I trained to run a mini-marathon in May 2006 on our 11th anniversary. (We did it!) Unfortunately due to injury and real-world stuff getting in the way, we''ve let our running program slide. We didn''t run the Mini the last couple of years and neither of us has been running or working out consistently at all for the past two and a half years.
We are trying to make changes that will lead to a healthier lifestyle for our family. Nutrition and exercise that can become a part of our lives and not something that seems like "work."
My goal is to create a more healthy lifestyle for myself and for my family.
I've started The Fast Metabolism Diet and so far am a huge fan. Planning to run another half marathon this fall after a couple of years with no steady running. Hoping to broaden my exercise routine by taking a few classes and meeting new people who share my healthy lifestyle. We are trying to eat clean and have cut out most processed foods and increased our intake of veggies and fruit. Very happy to report that I've also cut out all caffeine.
My name is Teresa. I am a stay-at-home mom who has four children, ages 11 yo to 23 yo.) I'm married to my high school sweetheart and senior prom date. :-)
"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired...You''ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going."
- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian
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I hope you don't fizzle out! Things haven't been so good for me either. I had strep about two months ago, turned into bronchitis, went to the doctor about a month ago since it was still hanging around and discovered I had pneumonia. Ugh! So I got over that, then this week I decided to get the flu. Sooooo, back to bed for a couple more days. I will run in Cory though! It may not be under 30 minutes, but I will run and give it my all!
2887 days ago
Hi Teresa! I haven't been on in a while, but just wanted to drop by and let you know that I'm going to run in the Cory Apply Run again this year! Hope you can make it! I WILL be under 30 minutes this year!
2904 days ago
I came across your page from the Rookie Runners and just wanted to say, "WOW!" Your story of beating the odds and doing what you need to do to be healthy is inspiring!
3045 days ago
Hello Teresa and welcome to the TransAmerican Treckers!
3103 days ago
Glad to have you back on board. So sorry to hear of your injury. I will say that is one of my biggest fears...an injury that will keep me from running for weeks/months down the road. I wish you God Speed as you rebuild your program. You have been such an inspiration to me and my running! Stay well and as always...
3104 days ago