1 week post op!

Days are passing  by slowly.  I can’t remember a more painful 15 minutes pulling off the bandage today.  Seven days of tape on swollen skin doesn’t come off easily.  Follow up X-ray on Tuesday hopefully will advance me to some activity.  👟🏊🚵 (just kidding) Going stir crazy not using my right arm.  😜 Nice birthday present.  image


Shoulder surgery today. Just got home. Anesthesia still making me a little loopy. Glad it’s done. Nerve block wears off in 18-24 hours. Ouch. Check out my hardware.  Takes me back to memories of heart surgery.  I was very anxious going in, but relieved and grateful for today’s success.  Now, sitting still for 3 weeks will be my biggest challenge.  Thanks to all for your support.

imageimageThis is my pre-op photo.

Global Heroes 2015

imageOur weekend of smiles, tears, and running has come to an end.  The beginning of the empowerment of meeting other runners with serious medical histories will motivate the rest of my life.  Dave Watkins of Ironheart and I shared a very similar road. He is a remarkable individual with an inspiring message for athletes and non-athletes alike.  I hope to continue reaching out to others with dreams of achieving goals that seemed impossible.  Four years ago, I was at my lowest and thought a race of 3 miles would be difficult, let alone half marathons and triathlons.  I am deeply thankful to Medtronic and the scientists who make my goals reality.  I approach my clavicle surgery this week optimistic that I will enjoy my family and friends with greater vigor and still keep competitive sports as a part of my life. 🍀

Medtronic Global Heroes


An amazing weekend has been blessed upon me. I have had the honor of meeting 23 other medical miracles. We are living testimonies to the strength of the human spirit. We run marathons and 10 mile races tomorrow.  I have surgery scheduled for next week on my shoulder. This weekend is the perfect motivation for another recovery. Follow Kathy and I and all the Global Heroes at http://www.tcmevents.org and http://www.medtronic.com/globalheroes/