When I lived in Barcelona, Spain, my friend told me this: “Looking back at one’s life is a great way to learn from it, but the only way to live life is by looking forward to it”.

Three years ago when I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, I was forced into one of the most difficult battles of my life. There are no words to describe the relentless pain Lyme wracks on the body. Sleepless nights deprive you of your ability to cope, your sanity and your will power. After 4 months of daily agony, I was ready to give up.  Trying to muster up the daily courage, strength and energy required to carry on seemed like an impossible task. Yet somehow I managed to find the energy to carry on. Little by little I started to make small improvements. They didn’t seem like much, but they had a cumulative affect on how I managed to get through the day.

After a year of Lyme ups and downs I wanted to get back on the thread mill and back on track with my life. The going wasn’t any easier. However,  the determination I found during the first year of battling Lyme stuck with me. My 45 minute mile slowly began to creep down to 35 minutes, then 20 minutes, then 15, finally back to the 7 minute mile I enjoyed prior to Lyme.

This Sunday, November 7, I’m taking on what I consider to be one of the biggest challenges of my life since battling Lyme Disease. I’ll be running the NYC Marathon, a whopping 26.2 miles that will test my physical as well as mental strength. When I look at the bigger picture, it looks like a daunting task. But when I think about where I was three years ago, it all seems possible.

I’m running for these reasons: 1. To raise awareness about Lyme Disease 2. To promote Lymebuddies, a service Amie Levasseur and I started to help others with Lyme disease, and 3. to give hope to others with Lyme that though the battle may be long and hard, they too may recover from this dreadful disease.

So this run goes out to everyone with Lyme Disease as well as those who are battling illnesses that have left them struggling to regain their health. Looking back, the journey to NYC seems like its been an impossible, uphill battle, but I’m looking foward to this run for all of you out there! Thanks for your continued support!

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