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Tomorrow is World Run Day-are you running??
I will be running in honor of my mother-in-law who has MS. I am lucky to have a very close relationship with her and I love hear dearly. So it will be an honor to run with her on my mind tomorrow.
This is a journal entry from early summer and I think it is a perfect reminder to be thankful for our legs that run!!
Yesterday I spent the day with my mother-in-law visiting her friend, Marilyn at her home on Hills Beach. It was a perfect day-sunny and warm. My MIL was excited to show off her granddaughter, Lola.
You see, my mother-in-law has MS (multiple sclerosis) and it paralysed from the waist down. She has been in a wheelchair since 1992. Her friend of many, many years-Marilyn-was in a severe car crash a while ago and she is now a paraplegic. Just watching these two do daily things we take for granted really got me thinking about how lucky I am. I am active and healthy. Today. This could not be the case tomorrow. I could be hit by a car. I could become ill. I could lose the use of my arms and legs.
So the four of us went for a long "walk" along the beach, of course since they are both in electric wheelchairs, our journey was on the road that follows the curve of the beach. We talked about life, admired the beautiful homes we passed. Marilyn told me about how fun it was raising her 3 children at the beach. She told me about her nursing career. Marilyn now works as an advocate for people with disabilities and assists others in obtaining the very expensive medical equipment needed for people who are paralysed.
We went out for lunch and although my MIL has control of her arms and hands, Marilyn is not so fortunate. She needs to use a special drinking cup and utensils. We had a delicious lunch and enjoyed more conversation. Lola showed off her eating skills as well and made many of the patrons laugh with her antics. Our day together came to an end and we parted ways with promises of doing the same again very soon.
Then I went for a vigorous run...because I can. The next time I am feeling like I don't want to run or work out, I will remember yesterday. And I will walk, run, bike, swim, whatever...because I am thankful that I can.