On June 18, 2014 my life was changed forever. I had just turned 40. As a mom of two young children and a wife I had it all, a great career and a loving family. I was a runner training for my first 1/2 marathon. Life was good. But 15 days after my 40th birthday I was in the hospital fighting for my life, I had gone into Septic Shock.
I spent a little over 7 weeks between the hospital and rehab and came home on August 8th.
"Celebrate the little victories in life, those can lead to the biggest changes." This phrase came to me during my run. I had to be reminded by my husband on the things I was doing and how far I had come and not on what I could no longer do. There were days were I was negative and just focused on what I could no longer do, which for me was mainly running. My outlook and perspective only changed when I started looking at the positives and stopped focusing on the negative.
I was mad for awhile, wondering why me. Losing my toes was a bigger hurdle than I thought it was going to be, and as a runner being told I would never run again was pure devistation.
I started the #toelessrunner to take something that happened to me and turn it into something positive. To show others that no matter what you can reach any goals you set your mind to. My road was not an easy one and it wasn't a short one either. It took many years of hard work and a series of ups and downs to get where I am today, but I made it.
To date I have run two 1/2 marathons, I have one more planned for October and I plan on running the Chicago Marathon in 2022.
Life doesn't always turn out as we planned but sometime the plan God has for us is far better. I can honestly say I am living my best life, and I wouldn't go back to the way it was before.
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