Hi! I’m Jackie and I started running 2012. My only goal was to run a 5k but I fell in love with the sport and had completed my first full marathon in less than a year’s time (along with numerous other races of other distances). I became pregnant in 2014 and had a very difficult pregnancy, causing me to stop running about half-way through. I gave birth to Ryleigh on March 12, 2015 via emergency c-section. I had undiagnosed pre-eclampsia. Two days after we got home I was back at the ER and ultimately had flash pulmonary edema and went into cardiac arrest.
I spent a few days in the ICU and spent the next few months with a team of doctors, all while caring for a newborn. I was told by my cardiologist to forget about running and that I may not ever run again.
I spent a long time after my pregnancy feeling tired, achey, and just unwell. Test after test was performed and finally a rheumatologist diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. The answer to that? Just limit what you do each day. Pretty hard considering I stand on my feet all day at work, have a toddler, and I’d like to live an active lifestyle.
I decided to see another doctor. She gave me some supplements and had be see a naturopath. Within a few months I started feeling better. Not 100%, but much better than I was. I’m running again. I can play with my child again. I can attend events and go to restaurants like a normal human being.
My goal now is to just start over. I may not be as fast as I once was, or be able to do the distances I once could – but I’m going to run because that’s what I love. As long as i focus on now, instead of before, I can only get better. I’m still on the path to healing myself, but I was once told I may not run again. I love proving people wrong.
So anyway, if you’re still reading….my blog is here to show my journey through running and through life. I will be posting race training, race recaps/reviews, stories about my life as a parent, reviews of events and places I go to, and a little bit of everything in between.