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highs and lows

May 4, 2011

Day 17 of the 30 day challenge is to discuss the highs and lows of this past year. I can honestly say that last year [2010] was not a very good year. At all.  So let’s get to it:

The Lows: (I would rather disucss these first and then end on a high note)

  • I had a bursa sac develop in my left knee that caused me to drop out of the NYC Marathon that I had trained to so hard to qualify for. I had the bursa sac drained yet that knee still plagues me with on again/off again pain.
  • I had a horrendous kitchen accent and chopped my left pinky 95% off. I had extensive surgery and lots of physical therapy. I had another blog, Healthy Living With Kelly, that I had to end it because I was one handed for many months.
  • Those 2 incidents caused me to lose myself completely. I was so depressed. I had gone from being a really good runner to someone who couldn’t even tie her own shoes or take a shower alone. I had no use of my left hand for months and I was so broken and truth be told I am still healing.

The Highs:

  • I learned a lot about myself and what I thought was important. I learned that there is a lot more to me than just being a marathoner.
  • My relationship with Keith deepened even more so than I thought it could. I had to lean on him and trust him more than I had ever allowed myself to.
  • Keith and I took an amazing vacation to The Grand Canyon and I felt like I was looking at God’s creation firsthand.
  • I started this blog as a way to break away from what I thought blogging should be like. I looked at this as my second chance to be real.
  • I turned 30 and I am embracing it.


20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2011 7:13 am

    Wow, that is a lot to go through in a year. You are very strong though and it sounds like you took lessons from the experiences and grew as a person!

    • May 4, 2011 2:06 pm

      It wasn’t easy to overcome those challenges but I have an amazing support system and they never gave up on me even when I had given up on myself!

  2. May 4, 2011 8:17 am

    Kelly your highs are great! How wonderful to deepen your relationship with Keith and I love that you are learning more about yourself and being true to yourself.

  3. May 4, 2011 9:01 am

    It’s so inspiring to see you emerging from such difficult circumstances so strong and positive! You have really gained a great perspective.

    • May 4, 2011 2:09 pm

      I did gain a lot of perspective and for that I am thankful for all the miserable days I had. I am still learning to accept the new me and to deal with the lingering affects of both injuries.

  4. May 4, 2011 9:32 am

    I knew you’d pull through Kelly. I can’t imagine living with only one hand for even a day, but you toughed it out.

    Ummm, and have I mentioned I am SO glad you’re back?

    • May 4, 2011 2:08 pm

      Ha…thanks Leah. It was so hard to be one handed. I have such a greater appreciation for people who are permamently disabled.

  5. May 4, 2011 10:21 am

    You rule. And you get to go back to the Canyon!!!

  6. May 4, 2011 10:52 am

    Good for you coming out of a rough year and finding some positives! You are so admirable!

  7. May 4, 2011 2:24 pm

    Wow you’ve been through so much in a year, but it sounds like it helped you get to know yourself better, and strengthen your relationship with your husband – both incredibly important things. Congratulations on persevering through it all!

    • May 4, 2011 3:56 pm

      Keith and I definitely are a much stronger couple for it. I mean the man curled my hair for me for everyday for almost 3 months!! That was love! haha!

  8. May 4, 2011 2:27 pm

    So glad you took away positives from your “lows” this year. And of course so happy you started this blog!

  9. May 4, 2011 2:57 pm

    What a beautiful post! I am so glad that you were able to turn such challenging circumstances into opportunities to learn how strong you really are. So beautifully written, thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  10. greensandjeans permalink
    May 4, 2011 4:20 pm

    It’s so hard to gain perspective on these things until we claw our way out on the other side. I’m so glad you’ve been able to find a silver lining (and getting to know yourself better and strengthen your bond with your amazing husband are pretty freaking awesome linings!)

  11. May 4, 2011 8:38 pm

    I’m so glad you started this new blog!

  12. May 4, 2011 9:22 pm

    I remember feeling so bad for you when the injury and pinky incident happened! I can see how it would affect you like it did- even just a week off of running makes me feel pretty in the dumps by the time it’s over…

    Again- I’m so glad you’re back! 🙂

  13. May 4, 2011 9:55 pm

    What crazy things happened!! What are the chances!? I’m glad you are healing and on the mend! I think your highs are definitely awesome enough to cover up those lows! 🙂

  14. May 4, 2011 10:48 pm

    You’re gorgeous and such an inspiration. Love your attitude and love you!


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