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My Arms Will Be Covered In Swallows

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I am officially one of the lucky ones. Today is the fifth anniversary of my diagnosis with ALS. Everyone in the ALS community knows that dreaded “2-5 years life expectancy” phrase – it is shorthand for how brutal this disease is. How fast. How lethal. And still, it glosses over…

New High, New Low: Austin Marathon Race Report

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“What do you want to do for your birthday?” DP asks me in January. “A race…duh.” I say, smiling. So 2:30am last Saturday, the alarm goes off for our 46.5-hour jaunt to Austin. Why Austin? Because they have a marathon in February. Also, I’m toying with the idea of doing…

Grieving in Shifts

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I can now definitively tell you that it is possible to collect some of your happiest and saddest memories on the same day. A week ago Sunday, I completed the RDC Marathon, rounding out the 35.5-mile Challenge for the weekend (5k + 10k + marathon). I gave out “thank yous”…

Rex Wellness Garner Race Report

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Driving home on Sunday after the Rex Wellness Sprint Tri in Garner, I found myself locked in a bizarre sort of mental argument:   “Should I just give up on doing triathlons?” “Should I do MORE triathlons?”   The first question made tears prick behind my eyes, but replaying scenes…

Scene at the Fifteen

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  Class of 2003 at our 15th Reunion When we arrived on campus for my 15th class reunion, I felt no tugging pangs of nostalgia. Maybe it was all the new buildings and renovations, or the fact that we were running late so maybe it felt a bit too uncomfortably…

Papayas, A Whale & Lavaman Triathlon 2018

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Jen is a Team Drea member who has taken our challenge to “Go on, be brave” to heart. I know you will enjoy reading about her amazing experience! The Island of Hawaii will always capture my heart. There is a majestic lure that attracts my attention every time I return…

Team Drea 2018

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In the spirit of being brave, I thought I would kick off Team Drea 2018 with an excerpt from my forthcoming* memoir about how the Team Drea Challenge came about in the first place. If you already know this story, feel free to skip to the bottom to see how…

Race for Sulaf & family

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This race is #9 of my 12 planned races for 2017 and my resurrected project to dedicate each one to someone with ALS who has inspired me. In this case it’s the whole family. Early on after my diagnosis of ALS, when I was feeling particularly depressed and prone to…
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