the year of me.

One year ago today, I slipped down some stairs (damn fuzzy socks) and fractured my tibia and fibula. This was the first time I had ever broken a bone or had even been hurt honestly! There was a ton of fear, emotions and strength in the months to follow this. Breaking my leg and no longer being able to be independent was very hard for me. I had to be vulnerable and to be honest it wasn’t easy. I had to slow down and I had to let others help me.

Ice, Ice, Ice. My very best friend then!

2016 was a major year for me and Neil. We had many things challenge us. This being one of the first things.

Steve Job stated, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

That is exactly what 2017 is going to be for me. After this event, I wanted to connect the dots so badly. I wanted to know WHY this happened to me and WHY I had to go through it.

Honestly, I still don’t fully know. I haven’t learned my lesson/reason yet but I know it’s coming. And by the 2016 I’ve had, I know it’s a BIG lesson!

The one thing I learned from this event was that I have an amazing husband and best friend. Neil helped me so much during this time. I have learned that I can depend on him and that we are here for each other through the hard times and good.

Taking a stroll on my knee wheeler! It was complete freedom to be able to move again!

So I would like to thank my support system. My husband, my family, my co-workers and friends. Thank you so much for all your help this past year.

Oh! And (if you’re still reading this long post) I have a huge announcement to make. Shortly after breaking my ankle and wheeling around my office someone said to me “Well, it looks like you’re never going to run a marathon.” Totally off-the-wall and out-of-the-blue comment. Well I would officially like to announce that I am training to run the 40th Anniversary Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2017!

I am beyond excited and cannot wait to prove to myself that I am strong, I am not broken and that I can do ABSOLUTELY anything I put my mind to. To reflect on the events of 2016 and to connect my dots along the way!

I hope you join me on this adventure. I am calling 2017…the year of me.