Jogging Journal: Day 1 of Trainning for My First 5K

5:30 A.M. on Monday, December 4, 2017 – The sound of my alarm wakes me from my deep slumber. Normally, I’d hit the snooze button several times before deciding to get out of bed. But not on this morning. I was on a mission! One I had mentally prepared for over the past week and decided to finally put this plan into motion.

So, what had me waking up at the crack of dawn without any reservations?

I had finally convinced myself it was time to follow through with something I never saw myself doing and just go for it! I was going to start training to run my very first Miles for Migraine 5K.

Miles for Migraine is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit with the mission of improving the lives of migraine patients and their families, raising public awareness about headache disorders, and helping find a cure for migraine. Miles for Migraine produces fun walk/run events, typically 2 mile walk and 5k and 10k race to raise money for migraine research. We also host youth camps for kids and teens impacted by migraine or other headache disorders.

To be honest I absolutely detest running! I played soccer as a kid and well into my teens, but I ended up being the goalie. I didn’t have to put as much effort into running on the field as my teammates. I only ran laps with the team before and after practice. Which was maybe the equivalent to 2 miles.

Back then I was physically capable of running. I just did everything possible to avoid it. Now, that I want to go out and run, my body could rebel against me.

Since being diagnosed with vestibular migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, I’ve struggled to keep in shape. And it has nothing to do with me not wanting to workout. Your typical type of exercises like sit-ups, has triggered nasty bouts of vertigo that can go on for hours. Even things like dancing ends with me getting painful fibro flare-ups and hurting for several days.

With all those reasons avoid participating in a marathon, I still needed to make this happen. It is with that motivation I crawled out of bed this early this morning, dressed in 3 layers of shirts, 2 pairs of socks and 1 pair of leggings, and hit the pavement on what would be my first jog through my neighborhood.

As the cold air hit only the parts of my exposed skin, I waded through puddled filled sidewalks against the rain on a mission to get through the first mile without passing out our throwing up. Yes! I’m that out of shape.

My feet moved at a steady pace, one that I was most comfortable with until the rest of my body began to slow the other parts of me down. I was out of breath, but my drive to continue, kept me moving past one business after the next.

Before too long, my house was on the horizon and within seconds I’d be able to set foot through my front door knowing I not only accomplished Day 1 of training, but that I didn’t turn around the second it went from sprinkling to pouring rain.

A minute after walking into my living room, I felt a sense of pride and a whole lot of exhaustion. This was a major milestone for me. One I will look back on and say this is what true dedication is all about.

The small sacrifice I make each morning from here on out, is going to be worth it the moment I cross that finish line. Knowing that I accomplished something I never thought possible will truly be a victorious moment for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVisible Project: Migraine Edition

A few months back, the U.S. Pain Foundation contacted me about having my 13 year old migraineur, Colton, as one of the featured participants for their first migraine edition of the INVisible Project.

Without hesitation, Colton accepted the opportunity to share his story about the daily struggles he faces as a teen living with the abdominal and chronic migraine disease.

Colton felt it was important to speak up about the stigma that often accompanies a person battling against an invisible illness and how his chronic pain contributes to him missing out on so many school activities that he loves.

As a mom, I couldn’t be any more proud of my son’s courage and strength to overcome so many medical hurdles just to be a normal teen.

As a migraine and headache disorder advocate, I’m honored to have this young man alongside of me, fighting past the barriers of delimnas a patient faces to have a better quality of life while hoping a cure is found for a neurological condition over 37 million Americans live with.

To learn more about Colton and the other migraine INVisible Project participants, visit:

Colton De Keyser and Family

 

 

Common Types of Migraine Headaches and Symptoms in Kids

From February 2014 until the Fall of 2017, I spent countless hours with my son, Colton, in our local ER and with his neurologist searching for a solution to put an end the daily agony his migraine disease was inflicting upon him.

It wasn’t until this spring that the past 3 years of sleepless nights and worrying about the future of Colton’s health, was put to ease. We had finally discovered an effective treatment plan for his abdominal migraines.

My now 13 year old was back to living a better quality of life. He was attending school more often than not and looking forward to becoming a freshman in high school this upcoming year.

In efforts to help educate others about the common types of headaches and symptoms in kids, Diamond Headache Clinic put together this very informative slide show and asked that I share it with my readers.

You can learn more about the Diamond Headache Clinic here.

 

What to Expect When You’re Chronically Ill and Caring for a Chronically Ill Child

Being a mom to a chronically ill child, is one of the most challenging things I’ve experienced thus far.

With running back and forth between my own doctor appointments and my child’s, I easily became overwhelmed. Stressed out took on a new meaning. I honestly didn’t think I had it in me to be the mother my other two kids deserved.

I was drowning in my own sea of medical issues. How would I ever overcome the unexpected obstacles life was throwing my way, if I was too ill and always in a tremendous amount of pain to handle it?

This new section on my blog will dive into the past 4 years where Continue reading “What to Expect When You’re Chronically Ill and Caring for a Chronically Ill Child”