I finished my first 5k.
For some, walking a 5k could be a normal occurrence. For myself, it was a goal. In May of 2014 I had knee surgery where I had cadaver parts installed so I could walk without pain. For more than a year, I pushed to get "stiffy" to bend and move. In June of 2015, I had to go back in and have a bunch of scar tissue removed so that "stiffy" would bend and hold my weight so I could again walk. On September 30th, 2015, I had Roux en Y gastric bypass bariatric surgery to help me lose weight. I promised myself that if I was able to walk a 5k, I would then write to the family of the person who gave me "stiffy" , telling them that movement still happens because of their loved one.
I got up at 530 this morning with that goal in mind.
At least I finished!
My wonderful husband was by my side the whole way.
10 months out from gastric bypass, 1 year out from learning to walk again, 2 years out from reconstructive surgery. I finished my first 5k!
I did not fail "stiffy".
Thank you to the person who checked the box as an organ donor. May you rest in peace.
I will now write that letter.
You never know someone story when you look at them.
My journey continues...