Almost ready to taper
October 11, 2016
BENEFITING: ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION NORTHEAST REGION INC
ORGANIZER: ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION NORTHEAST REGION INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I am managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and running this year’s NYC marathon on November 6th. My goal is to raise $3,000 for the Arthritis Foundation in order to help others live to their fullest potential.
During the onset of my RA in 1995, I was in denial, embarrassed and scared. Due to shoulder pain and swollen hands, I would wait for others to pull doors open in order to rush in behind them. I was embarrassed to ask for help and my fear of the unknown was as chronic as my pain. Fortunately, my doctor allowed me to try an unproven therapy. In my case, I was lucky to go into remission in 2003. In 2009, watching an elderly man with limited mobility finish a 5K inspired me to train for a 5K. In 2012, I ran a marathon at age 50 and had a Boston qualifying time in 2015. Shortly afterwards my RA resurfaced with the trademark jelling, swelling, and pain.
Unlike 1995, I accepted my condition with hope. I continued to run but slower and less distance. When friends asked if I was injured because of my slower pace, I admitted my health changed. I abandoned the idea of marathons; instead focusing on pacing new runners. But by June my condition was manageable with immune suppressant therapy and the idea of running the NYC marathon to support the Arthritis Foundation emerged.
The foundation’s work benefits 50 million Americans, including 300,000 juveniles, impacted by arthritis. I was helped when I was at my lowest and feel honored to support their mission of helping others live a full life. Please consider supporting my run by making a donation using the link below.
If you wish to donate via check or send a matching gift form, please mail to: Arthritis Foundation, Leslie Christensen’s NYC Marathon Campaign. 122 East 42nd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10168.