January 1, 2013

New Year, New Battery….

Sometimes life throws you curve balls and it is how you handle these random events that remind you how far you have become.  I have been turned on for the last 7 years and I have forgotten.  I forgot what Dystonia is.  I forgot how Dystonia makes me feel.  I forgot and took it all for granted.

I have been having trouble with my batteries recently and have been going through physical pain.  In order to mitigate the pain, I turned off the batteries.  As humbling as the process has been and as bruised as my ego is, I am reminded each step at a time how lucky I am.  I am thankful for doctors, researchers and Medtronic for having found the miracle of DBS.    Personally, I have found a reason to smile, to remember to live today because you don’t know what comes tomorrow and also live each day to the fullest.  I have been shocked that 14 months ago I ran a marathon and sitting here on January 1, I am just looking forward to running 2 miles again.  Many lessons have been learned – my Chicago marathon was my first and my last.  My body is precious and I can’t stress it out too much to try to prove that I can overcome the disease.

Each step I can take is a reason to smile.  So my new years resolution is to appreciate every run, every walk, every activity I can partake in and in the process appreciate all of it!  And as always thankful for all the love and support in my life.

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