We all have a lot going on in our lives.

Take family obligations. Have to feed the family. Clean the house. Complete the laundry. Not to mention chauffeur to dance and ice skating and Girl Scouts.

Then there's work. Deadlines. Meetings. Nagging bosses.

And with the current state of the economy, we know that no one is truly safe. The security we all once had is all but gone.

Yet there are certain moments in our lives that changes our perspectives.

Last night I was able to spend an incredible evening meeting people involved with the Northeast Ohio Team Challenge.

A friend of mine joined me. She and I have been friends for several years. I work with her husband. Our children play together. We drink at girls' night together. But what is truly amazing is that I learned a lot more about my friend throughout the evening.

She has Crohn's Disease. And I have known about her hospital stays. And her never ending doctor visits. I've witnessed the struggles she goes through. But tonight she freely spoke of her diagnosis, her prognosis, and her prescription bills.

My friend lives through all of it while taking care of her family.

And that's when I realized just how lucky I am. Dad2Amara, Amara, and I are healthy. We have a roof over our heads. We have food on the table.

These are just some of the reasons why I decided to take part in the Team Challenge.

Yes, I again have signed up for a half marathon.

But this time it's different.

I am running for someone else. I am committing myself to taking the time and the effort to raise money for a cause.

And I can't fail. If I fail, I let down the over 1.4 million people affected by Crohn's Disease and Colitis.

Coincidentally, Dad2Amara received a call from another friend of ours Thursday. Her husband also has Crohn's Disease. He has been in the hospital all week.

So this is part of my new outlook on life.

I can't be bothered to be angry over something said at work. And I don't want to frown just because I didn't get to the ironing.

I just want to enjoy the love of my family and the company of my friends.

And now, I want to complete this half marathon. For me and my friend.

note: I am sure you all will hear more about the Team Challenge soon...especially since I'll be hitting you all up for a small donation :)


  1. I try to never forget how lucky my family is to not have to go through such heartbreak and pain. Its a wonderful thing you are doing for your friends. Best of luck and send me that link. I'll donate!

  2. Great attitude. It's so true. I take for granted certain things and there are no guarantees. We also have a good friend who has Crohns who was hospitalized a couple of weeks ago. I'm glad you're doing something for your friend. Good luck on your training.

  3. That is really a wonderful thing to do. I have a good friend that has Crohns. It's in remission now, but in high school she was very sick from it. You can count me in to donate a little something. :)

  4. My Brother in law has Crohn's. I know it's hard on them, especially a couple years ago. But he is doing really really well now, thankfully.

    Love you attitude...sort of a don't sweat the small stuff kinda way of looking at life, right?

  5. Thanks all! I need the encouragement! I'm really excited to start training. I even did a nice lil run this morning :)


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