I run for those who can’t.
I am honored to be running the 2017 Falmouth Road Race with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s Race for Rehab team! I am running this year to give back to Spaulding some of what it gave me: hope, strength, and a sense of community. Having the privilege to run Falmouth on behalf of Spaulding is a great milestone in my recovery.
In January 2016, I was in a serious car accident while heading up to Vermont to ski for a long weekend. I "walked" away from the accident with some life-changing injuries, including spinal fractures at C2-C3 and T11-T12. In a matter of millimeters, this accident could have taken away my ability to walk, run, exercise, and perform all the activities of daily living. Fortunately, a little bit of luck and the watchful eye of my mother from up above prevented me from suffering any spinal cord damage. After a week in the hospital, I was able to walk out with some new hardware and a promise to myself that I would never again take for granted an opportunity to use my body in a healthy way.
After spending months in HALO and TLSO braces, my healing process brought me to Spaulding Rehab. Attending PT in the outpatient center in Charlestown, MA was both a blessing and a curse. I was blessed to be working with such amazing providers, but cursed in that I was emotionally overwhelmed by the many patients around me with more devastating injuries. Each time I was able to walk into that building I felt lucky; it could have been worse. Knowing that I survived a major accident and that I am expected to achieve full recovery in time, I renewed my promise to myself that I would never take walking or running for granted again.
Running with Spaulding’s Race for Rehab team has been a goal for me since I walked in the door in Charlestown, and I haven’t looked back. The care and support Spaulding continues to provide me throughout my recovery truly has been life changing. Without the help of Spaulding, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I still have far to go, but thanks to my Spaulding team, I know where I am headed. In just a few photographs, you can see what one can accomplish with the help of Spaulding: metal to medal in 455 days.
I am so grateful to have the ability to run again, and I can think of no better way to honor and support those who do not with a little run around Falmouth, MA this August. Please consider donating to the Race for Rehab team this year to help pay it forward to other Spaulding patients.