Finding Patience

‘Haven’t they figured out what’s wrong with you yet?’ Yes, I get asked that all the time… almost daily!  And the only answer is ‘I’m a work in progress yo!’   My doctors constantly tell me, ‘I’m a complicated case’ or “I have so many variables’ … but I just take it in stride – making sure to follow the treatment …

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Familiar Pain

On a bad day it’s hard to remember just how far you’ve come….  I hate ‘giving in’ to major meds to manage the pain, but after days of no true relief – I found myself at the Headache clinic by 7:45AM this morning for an emergency IV ! 🙁    To me, this feels like I’m losing – but at …

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In the Middle of my Story…

My devotional yesterday was titled, ‘Crumbling Walls’ –  it’s like God knows just what we need to hear, when we need to hear it! Here’s an excerpt: It is never easy, but courageous people choose to put their faith in what they know about God.  His trustworthy nature- instead of what they don’t know about their future.  They bravely choose …

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Finding Joy…

I was walking this morning thinking how last year I was in Michigan out walking with my dad at this time. He was giving fatherly advice, as dads tend to do! It centered around ‘getting priorities together’ and learning to slow down. (With a few jokes tossed in of course!) My life at that time was moving faster than I could …

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You may say I’m a dreamer…

‘You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…’  This popular lyric from John Lennon rings familiar to us, but does it truly resonate in our own lives?  It makes you think, doesn’t it?  I’ve been reading the book, You Can Do Hard Things and it challenges us to dream big – no matter where we are …

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A Look at the Bigger Picture

As life goes on, certain calendar dates begin to have meaning and significance to each of us. For me, September 7, 2019  will always be the day I competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships with ‘Mi Famila’. It was the pinnacle of my athletic career and created special memories I will hold in my heart forever. If I never …

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Life in Lockdown

As we continue to take a step backwards with schools starting virtually, bars and restaurants at limited capacity and masks mandated anywhere outside your home, it seems like this pandemic crisis is never going to end.  Believe me, I’m frustrated too (What I wouldn’t give to see some races on the calendar again and be healthy enough to compete!)  But …

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Pain Points

This morning I find myself on the bike trainer barely pushing 100 watts feeling gutted from the migraine I woke up with… yet again. Even after months the addiction to the endorphins is still there… I refuse to let this chronic head pain rule my life.  Let me first share that YES – I’ve been to the top clinics and …

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#NoRunNovember

As tears ran down my face I saw Paul smile wide with the most excitement and joy I’ve seen on him since wearing #34…. he approached the finish line throwing his hands up as if to say, ‘I did it!’ And he sure did. 5 hours and 47 mins at Ironman Waco 70.3.. a huge finish and BIG PR! This …

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Blood, Sweat and Tears… #IM70.3 WC

On race morning a lot of things can run through your head to rev-up the nerves, but as I sat with Jenn drinking coffee before the swim, I was surprisingly calm. I thought to myself, ‘there’s nothing I haven’t had thrown at me before that I couldn’t handle. I’m ready.’ Little did I know I would wreck, flat and have …

Julie SimonBlood, Sweat and Tears… #IM70.3 WC