I used to think I had it all figured out. I was a runner and assumed I’d run forever. Then, in 2005, a hit-and-run accident changed that. For awhile, I didn’t know who I was or who I was supposed to be.
But although the accident was devastating in its way, it unlocked a curiosity in me to learn how to be me with or without limitations. One place where I’ve always found unlimited learning opportunities is the blogosphere. I’m an admitted blog-reading addict. Reading about how others experience this world through food and travel and fitness is so inspiring!
So I’ve decided to stop my selfish journaling and join the broader conversation—not just listen from the sideline. I love so much to read about what others eat to feel great, what types of activity they find most physically rewarding, how experiencing new places and cultures changes their perceptions of themselves…all of the things that help us to grow and love living this life!
ABOUT MY INJURY
I struggle against pain. While I do keep an emergency stash of prescription pain killers and muscle relaxers, I simply don’t like putting them into my body. With the support and patience of my adorable husband, I do everything in my power to defy my T-3 damage, and man have I learned a lot about my own personal strength!
I’ve been through a few bouts of physical therapy, years of chiropractic care, and ongoing deep-tissue massage therapy. Sometimes I feel really great and can handle running for a few months at a time. And sometimes I feel horrible and hate that I cannot run. I guess once a runner, always want to be a runner, no?
With daily stretching and back-strengthening exercises, paired with copious Tens-unit usage (that’s a durable medical device that emits “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation,” thus interrupting nerve signals of pain to the brain), I manage to get up every morning, work hard, play almost as hard, eat adventurously, travel frequently, and use commercial pain management rarely (yay!).
After living in Japan for a year following my high school graduation, I married my high school sweetheart. We worked our way through college together, albeit at different schools. I have a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s in organizational communication.
I work as a marketer/communicator in higher education fundraising and I LOVE my job. I believe education is the answer, no matter the question…so working to advance access to and quality of higher education is rewarding. I’ve been working from home for the past nine months and am still trying to totally get used to it – there’s no leaving work at the office when the office is in your home!
Chris has introduced me to so many things: rock climbing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting…our 10-year marriage has been like one huge adventure. I’m so excited to see what the next 10 brings!