In 2002, I was diagnosed with primary lymphedema in my right leg, although my symptoms began in 2000 when I was 21 years old. I’ve always wanted to become a marathon runner but believed I never could because of my leg. I’ve decided to pursue running despite my fears about aggravating the condition of my leg. I would like to inspire other people (especially those with lymphedema) to push themselves outside of their comfort zone (not necessarily by running) and to not be ashamed, embarrassed or frustrated by their limitations.
I’ve allowed fear of failure, fear of judgment, or fear of losing someone or something to be excuses to stay in my comfort zone. But, while failure and loss are definitely a part of life, they are not meant to keep you from living life. Failure and loss are opportunities for learning and can strengthen a person spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. Challenges and setbacks exist to help us progress. I know that I’m happiest when I feel like I’m progressing. I hope all who read this blog will keep me accountable to my goal and encourage me to keep moving despite setbacks.
I am an extremely proud mother of two adorable girls. I have an awesome supportive husband who has been pushing me to aggressively work towards my goal of running a marathon. He is the main reason I considered writing a blog focusing on running and living with lymphedema. I hope to make him proud.
I’ll share more details and pictures of my personal story in subsequent posts. For now, I’ll just keep it simple. Please feel free to comment, criticize, encourage, or share. If you have the same condition, I would absolutely love to hear your story. If you are a runner and have helpful tips, please share because I need all the help I can get.