Reflections of Gratitude

“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith, it will be worth it in the end…” unknown💗✌️

3rd Marathons representing thousands of miles of dedicated effort

Exactly one year ago today, I ran the Phoenix Marathon and due to the efforts of an amazing coach, years of hard work and divine assistance, I qualified for the Boston Marathon. 💙💛🦄

Family 2004- On major biological meds

While I’m certainly not the only runner with this goal, as I reflect back over my journey, I’m filled with a depth of gratitude that’s hard to explain.

17 years ago I was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease but could hardly function despite “life-saving” biological medicine and corticosteroids.

Severe Crohn’s disease diagnosed 2002

Line upon line I was divinely guided to specific individuals with tools that would help me slowly start to take my health and eventually my life back.

Coach Hafen and I ready to run
A PR and Boston Qualifying times for both of us

While I still have bad days of pain and GI distress; every day I can run and keep fighting for my health is a blessing and gift.

Thank you to everyone who’s helped me along my way. I look forward to the day when we’re all made whole, no matter what troubles us. 💗

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away…” Revelation 21:4

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