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If You Work Hard Enough & Have Faith Dreams DO Come True

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Thursday, April 04, 2013



That's me in February of 2011.

I didnt know that was the last 5K I'd be running for awhile. In May of that year I began to experience lower back pain and through the summer it progressed into my legs and feet. I was walking with a cane. Every time I'd stand up pain would shoot through my legs and buttocks. Tension and worry made it worse. I spent close to five thousand dollars being told there was nothing wrong with me. I just need to lose weight and exercise.

"How can I exercise if I cant move?"

Orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, chiropractors, physical therapists all looked at me with that..........., well if you've ever been in pain you know what I'm talking about. To be fair there were some people who gave me some good advice and swimming and doing strength training in a warm water pool helped regain some mobility, but there still was the pain. I could walk, maybe 1/4 mile before my legs just ached.

All this time I was having dreams of running again - Not 5 or 10 K's, simply running and I was happy and I'd smile and OMG life was so amazing. Then I'd wake up and life was, well it was poopy. I never let go. On my worst day I told myself I'd run again, even if it were around the block.

After two plus years, a lot of money and heart ache it took my dear wife Joan and Wal-Mart to solve the problem. On Saturday, about a month ago, we stopped at Wal-Mart for Joan to get some body wash. As we were leaving she spied the Dr Scholls orthotic machine. What could it hurt? I wasn't to keen on spending 60 dollars for shoe inserts but when you been married close to forty years you've learned to do what you're told. Three hours later I am walking pain free.

Enter Adrienne Vita. Adrienne is my new life coach, lives in Portland, and is full of energy. When I told her about my desire to run again she told me she had issues running on concrete and other pavements. Maybe I should try running on a tread mill. Sorta work up to it. I told her I'd give it a try.

I spent a week walking on the treadmill and I realized my legs needed some re-strengthening. So I walked and walked and walked and then two days ago I let go of the bar and for 30 amazing seconds I started to jog, hands free. That was a most blessed feeling. As I slowed down to a walk I felt tears forming in the corner of my eyes. I realized there was no sense fighting them and in a few short seconds I am crying - hard. (This freaked out the poor woman next to me.) I WAS RUNNING. I have a ton of weight to lose before I can seriously look at running again but the point is I know I can and I know it doesn't hurt. I have lottsa strength training to do but that load seems lighter too. I didn't give up.

My dream is coming true and so can yours. Just hang in there.

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/2/2013 10:47AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon s for the motivation.

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CINDYBEL 5/8/2013 12:15PM

    So glad to hear things are improving. emoticon emoticon

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ALIWVU121 4/21/2013 8:05PM

    Just Awesome! So happy that you didn't give up! You can and WILL do this! :)

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MANILUS 4/21/2013 6:08AM

    Great work, you have an awesome wife and you have the right mentality!!!

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BEATLETOT 4/17/2013 10:26AM

    This is awesome news! I love your story, too, about the treadmill. You'll be posting pics of races in time. Wonderful...

Did you get my letter, BTW? There's NO pressure to write back, just want to make sure the USPS did their part. =)

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SATCHMO99 4/16/2013 8:35PM

    Brilliant news, and thank God for Joan!

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MATHMAGICIAN 4/16/2013 11:30AM

    I definetly know that look from doctors and the frustration of trying to find answers. I have to decide on a daily basis to keep trying to find the answers and keep eating right and exercising with faith that it will all work out. I've been told since I was a kid that I could never be athletic because of scoliosis. I refuse to accept that. I have a dream of being able to run a 5k. Last night as I watched my 5 year-old daughter, miny-me, at her first t-ball practice, I nearly burst into tears of pride for her and because of remembering what inhad lost in my own childhood. Thankfully she doesn't have my health issues and I can get out in the yard and help her train while helping myself!

I'm proud of your keeping at it. I'm also thankful for you for finding answers. You're a real inspiration!

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_MOBII_ 4/15/2013 12:36PM

    OMG, this brought tears to my eyes! I am so happy for you! (Kudos to Joan too!)

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GRAMPIAN 4/9/2013 6:06AM

  Wonderful! emoticon

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WALKNLOVE 4/9/2013 5:35AM

    Oh the blessings of a good wife! .....And maybe? the leading of the holy spirit ;) So happy for you John! Never give up my friend....maybe try speed walking before you get up to a run? Just a suggestion. I hope to be running again too! Blessings to you my sweet friend!

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SJKENT1 4/7/2013 11:11PM

    emoticon moment!!! Celebrating with you

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SILLYHP1953 4/7/2013 12:13PM

    That woman didn't realize she was witnessing a miracle!

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CYPATAYLOR2 4/6/2013 8:15PM

  That is so awesome. I am so happy for you. You can do it! I know you can! Just don't push yourself so hard that you hurt yourself. Good Luck!!!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/6/2013 1:22AM

    That's amazing!!!! How crazy, that such a relatively minor change is all it took, and none of your doctors thought of it. I'm so happy for you! Hooray for your wife's smart thinking! :)


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MARYJEANSL 4/6/2013 12:45AM

  This is wonderful, wonderful news! I am so very happy for you!

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CICELY360 4/5/2013 10:44PM

  good blog

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PENOWOK 4/5/2013 9:43PM

    Fabulous news!!! Worthy of tears!

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SUSIEMT 4/5/2013 9:35PM

    Woo Hoo! Keep up the good work!

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ANGELN325 4/5/2013 6:23PM

    Thank you for sharing! As a person who has battled pain and learning how to exercise without injury, I can totally relate to what you are saying. This post gave me hope!

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CORNERKICK 4/5/2013 6:09PM

  Awesome!!

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LINDAK25 4/5/2013 4:44PM

    Congratulations!

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CONSTRGIRL 4/5/2013 2:28PM

    Thank you for your blog. I have been feeling frustrated lately. I have planter fascitis and have not been able to run like I would like. I started accupuncture and that has helped but now I am scared to try again. Good luck and thank you for sharing.
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AJDOVER1 4/5/2013 1:50PM

    Awesome, John!
My running program began with 4.5 minutes walking / 30 seconds jogging / repeat. That c25k program was far too aggressive for me. I kept progressing (slowly at times, taking a step back more than once) and now I really think of myself as a runner.

I've been suffering from plantars fasciitis which I relieved by taping my feet -- effective, but inconvenient. My guy found compression sleeves for my feet -- they're wonderful! Yeah, a pair cost almost $50, but being able to run without pain is priceless!

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DIANNEMT 4/5/2013 1:30PM

    So glad you have figured out why the pain!! Now, one step and a time and you'll be back where you want to be!!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/5/2013 12:48PM

  I didn't know this.

I am SO, so GLAD for you!!!! Yes emoticon I am.

About 12 years ago, I messed up my knee, I went to three doctors. My chiropractor told me to go to a physical therapist. The problem was my insurance wouldn't pay. He said, he would show my exercises next door at the health club. I didn't have money for that. I brought some books, and asked him which exercises I could do. He didn't tell me that.

The last doctor, said, when you get older... blah, blah, ad you have flat feet ( which I did ave flat feet always ).

I ironed clothes, ad bought a healthrider. I started out with 3-5 minutes- to an hour. Now I can ride my bike and go up stairs again.

I did get orthodontics and this also helped a bunch.

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/5/2013 12:12PM

    Woo hoo! God Bless You!

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JIBBIE49 4/5/2013 12:03PM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You're a STAR. emoticon

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CEEMAY 4/5/2013 11:45AM

    I do believe in dreams..I do I do I Do! emoticon

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AWENDLING 4/5/2013 11:19AM

  So happy for you John. Like you, I had something happen to me in the beginning of June 2011. I had been experiencing muscle spasms in my buttocks upon standing often prior to this and my sister always told me to go to the doctor. But I always thought "why?". Then the beginning of June that muscle spasm lead to tingling in my left lower leg and pain beginning in my lower back. By the end of the weekend I was in so much pain I was in tears and couldn't stand upright. This continued for a few weeks before I could get in for an MRI which showed an extremely bulged disc which was pushing on the nerve causing all the problems. I didn't give up tho. I started doing some simple exercises recommended by the doctor while I was waiting to see the surgeon. The surgeons initial impression of my MRI was that I would need surgery to correct the problem. But since I was seeing slight improvement on my own we decided on physical therapy first. I met a wonderful PT who helped me get back to walking normally, but I still had muscle differences between my legs due to the months of favoring the right leg over the left. Hard work and daily dedication got me almost back to normal. Last Jan I met a wonderful chiropractor who has helped me even more with the issues with my discs. I thank God for them both often cuz without them who knows where I'd be today. Keep up the hard work John, you CAN do this.

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CHRISBEM 4/5/2013 11:18AM

    There is something to be said for getting married!

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SHOAPIE 4/5/2013 11:03AM

    Awesome

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IDICEM 4/5/2013 9:58AM

  This is awesome, John! Congrats on finding the key and for never giving up!
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DJSHIP46 4/5/2013 9:55AM

    I love it when dreams come true... Thank you for sharing emoticon

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