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30 marathons, and counting

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Well, here we are: 7 years to the actual day when I was diagnosed with ALS (though we didn’t understand what doctor was saying at the time…). It seems like a good day to take stock. Two years ago, when I reached 5 years living with ALS – a milestone…

Happy 40th Birthday to Me!

My mom asked the other day if I cared if people knew how old I was. I believe I said something like, “Hell no, I’m supposed to be dead by now.” And that pretty much sums up how I feel about turning 40. Amazing what a shift in perspective will…

From Alaska to a cul-de-sac

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Today was supposed to begin our epic journey to Alaska with a stopover in Olympia, WA for Marathon #20. We would have spent the following week in Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island, sightseeing and speaking to schools leading up to the POW Marathon, which would be Marathon #21 and…

A life well lived

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via FB, from Alison Kelly   I hate writing these posts; another friend gone too soon. This one wasn’t from ALS, it was a fast-acting bacterial infection. That doesn’t make it hurt any more or less, but differently. Friendship with ALS comes with the expectation of loss. Chris Kochtitzy’s passing…

Thanks, friends

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I’m overwhelmed with gratitude by the heartfelt notes I have received about my recent FB post. Hearing from so many people I know from different corners and eras in my life reminded my how truly blessed I have been to get to know each of you – many people that…

The Rhino

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(Journal entry written while flying from Hoedsprit to Cape Town on 9/4) “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  …said the note on our bed this morning when we came back from our last game drive this morning, the one in which we saw the highly endangered white…

What I want to be reincarnated as…

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I spent a lot of time on safari considering which animal in the bush I would most want to be. The obvious choice is a lion. You get to sleep 16-20 hours a day, the rest of the bush is terrified of you, and you basically get to eat whatever…
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