Arthritis Foundation Walk

Last May, my friend Gail, the maid of honor in my wedding, my best friend all through junior and senior high school, did a 5K walk sponsored by the National Arthritis Foundation and dedicated her efforts to me.  I was very touched and humbled by this act of kindness.  At the time of the walk I had just finished my second surgery in 5 months that replaced both of my hips.  I remember thinking how much I would like to be able to participate in a walk like that someday.

Guess what people……I am going to walk with her this year!!!!

Not sure I will make it the whole 5K (3.1 miles) because I still have those pesky knees that need to be replaced, but there will also be a 1 mile short course I can do if I need it.

Last spring I could not even have imagined that I would be able to participate in the walk this year.  I am very excited, but also a little scared.  Dave and I have been walking some around the neighborhood but definitely not 3 miles.  Usually when I get home, out comes the Aleve bottle and ice packs for the knees, but it is worth it to me.  I am so happy to have my mobility back after being sidelined with arthritis for so long.

I am thinking of this walk as a celebration!

I would love to have you celebrate with me and help raise funds to fight this disease.  Please consider joining us for the Arthritis Foundation Walk on May 5, 8:00 a.m. at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City.  Here is a link to join Team Theresa.

Bring your family and friends.   I think you can even bring your dog!  The more of us the better!!!  Hope to see you there.

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