I run for those who can't.
Running the Boston Marathon has always been a dream of mine. It started when I would leave the Red Sox game on Marathon monday and walk down to Kenmore Square and watch the runners in amazement. Every year I would say to myself "Some year I want that to be me". I knew it was a big dream but I kept it high on the bucket list. Now, with timing and luck, 2015 is the year for me. I will run the 2015 Boston Marathon as a part of BIDMC, on BID-Milton's team.
At the age of 23, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It started quickly and took over quickly. One day I was running 10 miles, the next day I could barely walk up the stairs. I never realized how painful and debilitating arthritis could be, until it literally took over my active lifestyle, leaving me worried and depressed that I would never be able to run again. Ever since then, the idea of finishing a Marathon has become more important to me. Not wanting to succumb to the idea of pumping my body with medication I put off going to the Doctor, and suffered with tremendous pain. Thankfully, I woke up and went to the Doctor. Ever since being treated with multiple disease modifying agents life has gotten a lot better for me. I decided that, once I felt better, I would let my condition inspire me and not control my happiness. And for me, happiness is a good run, short or long, fast or slow.
However without hospitals like BIDMC, I would not be where I am today. I am so grateful for modern healthcare and all who work hard daily to make it possible. I am also grateful for the amazing care the hospital gave to a close friend of mine who I lost in 2012, to Melanoma. Another reason I am more than happy to be a part of BIDMC Boston Marathon Team.
So today, and everyday, I run for the time I couldnt - for those who can't and to show my grattitude for everything I have been given in life. I now realize how important the daily gift of being pain free is. I greatly appriecate any and all efforts, and I am so excited to be apart of a tremedous cause. All proceeds to go BID-Milton. Thank you very much!