November 10, 2017
BENEFITING: AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTHEAST
ORGANIZER: AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTHEAST
I am running to NYC Marathon for the American Lung Association to bring awareness to chronic lung diseases, because I personally have been living with a chronic lung disease for 5 years.
I have been running since I was 15. I've always loved running. The community, the competitiveness, and the constant challenge to better yourself. I raced competitively throughout high school, and at 19, I ran my first half marathon. At 29, I've now run about 15.
When I was 24, after repeated bouts of bronchitis, and pnuemonia, I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis, a chronic disease, in both of my lungs. My airways are widened, and permanently damaged. Bacteria, and mucus to build up inside of my lungs, which make me more prone to lung infections. On a good day, I don't cough at all. On a typical day, I cough up mucus frequently, and throughout the entire day. It's disgusting, but has become my life. About 1 in 1,000 people have bronchiectasis. Typically, you are either born with it (congenitial bronchiectasis), or develop it as you age (most people are diagnosed at 60+), I'm different.
Needless to say, it has not made running easy. During my runs, I cough frequently, and consistently. It can be painful, and demoralizing. I have used this challenge to motivate me, I am determined to control bronchiectasis, and not let it control me.
I am so excited to be running my very first marathon for the American Lung Association.