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.