Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What I give, I get back ten fold

One hour on the bike today with half of it over %60 MHR. My goal is to be back to pedaling for an hour with at least half at %75, and the rest over %60!

When I was first diagnosed with RA I was terrified. Thankfully, I found a wonderful support forum where I got tons of information, lots of encouragement from people who really understood first hand what I was going through, and most importantly, HOPE.

I don't spend the time there that I used to, I'm busy with life and have a pretty good handle on RA, but I make an effort to go back from time to time and post to the the new people that are scared and lost. The forum gave so much to me that I want to give back and pass on the hope I found there.

On the days when the last thing I want to do is put on running shoes and get out the door, or do some cardio, I think about all the people it gives hope to for one of us to be doing these things. From time to time someone thanks me for giving them hope, but what they don't know is that they give me so much more. They give me the energy to go on, the will to fight when I feel beaten, and a whole world of people to stand up for and say, "RA does not control us!"


Dustie Jo said...

YOU ROCK! That is an awesome way to look at things -- you have a very positive attitude on life and physical fitness despite the hurdles you have been given are an inspiration! :)

Tanya said...

It amazes me how the right mental attitude can make such a huge difference in how we handle the problems in our lives. Kudos to you for helping others who are dealing with a frightening disease.