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    Posted November 18, 2012 by
    Sartell, Minnesota
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    JOY in the Journey

    "Athlete" is a word that I was able to use to describe myself years ago. After many surgeries due to my knee injuries and eventual double knee replacements, running and being "athletic" is something that literally fills my dreams. I seriously have dreams that I can run.

    So many other descriptions about me include mother, pharmacist, daughter, sister, friend, community volunteer....But I would say the past 4 years have defined my life in ways I never expected. I have survived breast cancer. My children have "left the nest"...I had double knee replacement surgery...and my husband of 23 years asked me for a divorce. My lack of being able to be physically fit and being able to run with him led to his disinterest in me and his interest in someone else that was able to run and compete in marathons.

    So, here I am, recently turning 50. I am excited to hit the "reset" button of be "fully alive"...and to continue to find the "JOY in the journey". Since September I have lost 30 pounds....and I would like to lose at least 30 more. I'm mentally and spiritually strong. Now I want to become physically strong! I want to prove to myself...and to so many other women that find themselves in this place in their life....that reclaiming their life and health is an important step. For so many years I put others first. Now I am putting myself first.

    I want to add the word "inspirational" to the other descriptions that define me.

    With your help, this will be a journey full of JOY....
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