I am lucky. I know that. I know it could be so much worse. I know there are people fighting much harder battles than me. Knowing this does not make it easier. It actually makes it worse because of the guilt.
I’m a lucky girl, but I don’t always feel lucky. And I hate that feeling. Who am I to complain when I have been so blessed and am so lucky?
A small voice whispers, “Me.”
I’m an avoider by nature. I see nothing wrong with burying your hand in the sand. The problem with that is eventually you realize that you can’t breath and you’ve made the situation so much worse.
I didn’t realize it until after my run today, but I’m kind of there now. Remember this week started Chicago Marathon training. I’ve stuck to the plan. Three easy runs. Three days in a row for three miles. Easy Peasy.
Or in my mind it should have been.
The first run I did at my local YMCA on the treadmill. The second run was a fun run with friends. Then today I was on my own. Things were going good. The run in my mind was much harder than it should have been. I mean seriously it’s only three miles. and the weather is perfect for running. What more could a girl ask for?
On the run as often happens, my mind processes things. It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these runs and I needed this time with my thoughts. I’m keeping a nice easy pace. Today I want to run the whole thing with no walking. Should be easy enough. Mission accomplished.
Here’s the thing though…. By the end of the run, I am literally huffing and puffing. A lot. I end the run at my house happy as can be. I even snap a picture. You can see that I’m tired. You can see that I’m sweating pretty decently for a short run.
Here’s what you don’t see…..
At this point, my face is tingling. My right arm is tingling. This causes me irritation because IT WAS ONLY THREE MILES ON A COOL DAY.
If the picture was taken 5 minutes later, you would see me having a good cry. It sounds bad and it wasn’t pretty, but I think it may have been just what I’ve needed. During my run, I was thinking how far I had come with my running and where I am now. It’s several major steps back. I’m not even at square one anymore because at least when I started on this journey the only thing holding me back was myself. That is not the case right now. There is so much out of my control right now. So many things that I never had to think about before.
But I’ve had my good cry which was well beyond due. Yes, I’ve been dealing with the actual physical aspects but it’s time I deal and come to terms with the big picture. I’m pulling my big girl panties on and I’m just going to keep moving forward. I’m a lucky girl, but sometimes even a lucky girl needs a moment. I may get where I was before in my running, but I need to accept where I am today. I also need to accept that it’s ok. In talking to others that have hypoparathyroidism the key is giving your body what it needs and taking it as it comes. There are things in my control, but there are also things out of my control and there are things that change depending on the day. So I will do what I can and start accepting what I can’t. Giving up control is hard.
This disease will not stop me.