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Overcoming obstacles

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

About 18 months ago I was beat-up by a shopping cart. yes a standard shopping cart in any store. I was hit by a young boy running up and down the aisle in my achilles heel at the store I was working at. This resulted in tramuatic neuropathy in my left foot. After a month of physical therapy the PT and doctor both told me I would probably never walk again unaided (w/o cane or crutches) I have been walking with out aides for about 1 year. However, yesterday I did a huge milestone. I ran. I didn't simply run for 2-3 minutes. I ran 2 minute intervals with 30 second breaks for the first 15 minutes of my workout. It felt amazing. This has been my personal goal all along, simply to be able to run again. I have missed it so much. I simply never gave up on myself. I did muscle strengthening exercises more often than perscribed, pushing myself as if it were a workout. I did research and found exercises that targeted the specific muscle groups to help. While I still do have drop foot and may never feel safe running outdoors, I am simply grateful that I can run on a treadmill.
I have finally found a good use for my stubborness and refusal to accept the answer no when I truly want something. :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RICHTERCORY 2/19/2013 8:45AM

    Good for you! You are an inspiration!

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ALIHIKES 2/5/2013 8:35PM

    Congratulations! Your perseverance has paid off!

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STAY39 2/5/2013 8:32PM

    That's so awesome! Perseverance pays off! What a freak obstacle to have to overcome! I love running on the treadmill and I know how much I would miss it too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 2/5/2013 7:22PM

    emoticon Stubborn can be good! Hopefully the boy's parents learned a lesson from your misfortune.

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