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Happy to see you. Best wishes on your journey.
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Great story. So glad you were able to come back and become a runner.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
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Wow, Roger, you sure do have a story to share. Thank God for the people walking towards you while you were having so much trouble. You have done amazingly well, and it is great that you completed a 10K. Keep up that great attitude and pushing yourself.
If we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those...prayers were destined to affect...we would be so paralyzed with awe...that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.
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If you are not as close to God as you used to be, who moved?—Source Unknown
In 1997 I was diagnosed with a clogged artery in my heart and had two stents put in, and was told I had heart disease, told to take it easy I did and soon the weight started to pile on and eventually ended up at 230 pounds.
After being told I had type two diabetes in the following years I started two walk off and on but nothing too serious as I had back problems as well.
In 2008 I went to the emergency room with back pain and was told I probably had a ruptured disk and was given pain killers and scheduled for a cat scan. Taking the pain killers off I went camping for the weekend, little did I know I was in for quite an experience.
Snoopy and I were alone in my 26 foot Jayco trailer when all of a sudden I felt numbness in my left arm, getting up I started to walk to the back of trailer and my legs gave out sending me crashing to the floor. I just lay there hoping I didnt break a rib or something, then pulled my self up. I though I was having a stroke, but what I read was your face should start to droop, mine wasn't.
The next thing I did was try to get to my truck to get to a phone for help, getting out the trailer i started to walk but fell down after a few steps, getting up again I eventually made it to the truck and pulled myself into the driver seat, my legs felt heavy, starting the truck I put it in reverse but couldnt lift my foot for the break, thinking this was a bad idea I shut off the vehicle and tried to get out of the truck, eventually falling to the ground.
A couple were walking towards me on the road and I called out to them for help, they came over and helped me to the trailer, I told them what was happening and needed help. I was rushed to the hospital and met by a nerosurgeon doctor who was on duty, after telling him what was happening, he stated he wanted me in for a cat scan right away and admitted me.
I had nerve compression in my upper neck involving vertabrae C2 C3 C4 and a four hour operation to fix everything was scheduled.
The next morning I woke up and had staples right down the back of my neck....omg I thought I got to get out of here. Given a schedule to follow involving getting up and trying to walk I started with a walker, I walked and walked circles around the nurses station, then graduated to a cane a few days later, each morning I was up before the doctor arrived, bed made and ready to go.
After a week I was told I was too good to go into Re-Hab and was going to go home. I had to report to physio three times a week for strength training and motor skills and walking on a treadmill to get better.
I was off work for 90 days.
Every year since 2008 I have been getting stronger, walking each day with Snoopy when I can, keeping my levels down for diabetes, and even had a handshake from my doctor during checkup time. Being alive keeps me motivated and
I never thought I would be running but I am, even though its not far, I am running!..........
Update: August 19 2012 - I completed the Navy 10K in Halifax N.S. with a finish time of 70 minutes....my first event.