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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Last year I set out to do a Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. A week before the Relay I tore my Medial Meniscus and was laid up for about 6 months. Four months of that was literally in my recliner with my leg elevated and icing my knee every day. I was told to stay completely off of it. emoticon I was also told I needed surgery. That is what I was waiting for for the 4 months. Finally I decided to change Dr's. My new Dr told me I did not need surgery. That I did have a torn Meniscus but not bad enough for surgery. He believed that I was having more problems with the things around my outer knee more than the inner knee. He put me in Physical Therapy and I was on my way to recovery without any surgery.

Then I had to have my A1C release surgery. This was on my Right Thumb (I had already had Carpal Tunnel Release last Sept on the same hand) and had to go through Physical Therapy for that. During all this I was laid off from work while out on medical leave for my knee. During all this is when I decided to move 320 miles from where I was living. I would be moving away from my son and his wife but in with my daughter. I felt like this was the right thing for me to do. I felt like God had pointed me in this direction. I moved here in May and started a new chapter in my life.

It has been an experience here. My daughters boyfriend was living here when I moved in. He had been living with her for about a year. He did not have a job or any income of any kind. As I sat here on a daily basis and watched him (I do Medical Billing here from home so I do not go out for work) I would get more upset with him. He would sit here doing nothing. He sat in their room with Soccer on the TV and the computer at the same time. When he was not watching Soccer or another sport he would be sleeping. He did not even clean their room or their bathroom. My daughter would have to tell him to wash the clothes. He would not walk the dogs at all and would only clean up after them if I told him to.
All this got on my nerves. I just could not sit around and watch him do nothing but sit back and let me and my daughter support him. I told her he needed to find a job. She said he was putting in applications on the internet. But no one was calling him. I just could not believe it. And since his last job was a field worker he went to school on the governments dime for welding and still he says he cannot find a job. I just cannot believe it. Me and my daughter had a few conversations over the course of a month. I told her I just do not get it. I ask her what she seen in him. He was no better than any of the guys her cousins would date that she called LOSERS. I told her she needed to explain it to me because I just did not understand. She told me that he had "SAVED" her. I won't get into what he saved her from. That is not my story to tell. But I will tell you that I cried for days. It broke my heart that she did not come to me or her brother. She said she thought she was protecting her brother. It broke my heart to know she went through this on her own. But I told her that this gave him no right to do what he is doing now. Some one put it to me that make so much sense... He is holding her emotionally hostage. I tried to explain to her she needs to separate the guy who "saved" her from the guy he is today. They are two different guys. Once I heard all this I knew God had sent me here to help her get through all this and find herself again. I am right where I should be.

So with all that happening over the period of one year we had another Relay For Life last weekend. My HUGE GOAL was to walk 10 miles for the Relay. AND I DID IT!!!!! emoticonI walked 10 miles on the track. My daughter is the Chairperson for Entertainment and I helped her with some of her events and entertainment stuff. Over all over a period of 27 hours (the Relay is a 24 hour event) with walking the track and all the other walking I did 21 miles and burned 6085 calories. This with not much training and preparation. I am 51 years old. I have Osteoarthritis in both hips, arthritis in both knees, week ankles and Diabetic Neuropathy in both legs. I also suffer from Asthma and High Blood Pressure. I knew I did the 10 miles on the track because I used what they call a lap tracker. It is a lanyard with beads. Every time you do a lap you put a bead on the lanyard. I marked every mile with a white bead so I knew where I was every time I went around. I did the 10 miles over the course of the 24 hours not all at once. I did not think I was going to make it once I hit the 5 mile mark. I was already tired and hurting. Then I kept thinking to myself, here are all these survivors of cancer all around me. They kept pushing and here they stand today. Very Humbling Experience!!! Other walkers talked about their walks. One guy has ran 350 miles over the past 10 years just on the days of the Relays. A woman I was talking to when I had just 2 laps to go was on her 35th mile for this Relay alone. These people were my motivation. So I pushed and kept going. And I made it. My feet hurt and I have blisters and my left foot feels bruised. But it is all for a good cause and God permitting I will do it again next year and the following year and every year I can. I think everyone should do at least one Relay for Life.
This experience has become my new motivation. Even though today (Monday) I am still tired and sore I raked my front yard, I did a little time on my stationary bike, some crunches on the ball, curls and side bends with a band. It is not what I wanted to do but I did what I could. My feet are feeling better do as they get better I will increase my activity daily.

So with my new Motivation I am on my way to a healthier, happier life!!!!
Life is Good!!!!!
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    Nice! Congrats!
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    That is a fantastic accomplishment!! emoticon
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  • LOTUS737
    Wow what a great accomplishment! Congrats :) As you know a lot can change in a year- hope next year's relay is even better!
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