Thank you for visiting my fundraising page for the Brain Injury Association of Maryland's 8th Annual Scarecrow Classic 5K!
If you have known me for a while, you probably remember that I participated in this race last year, which was 11 months out of neurosurgery for me. I got tremendous support for my participation, even though I decided to and registered only 2 weeks prior to the race (http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/hiro/7th-annual-scarecrow-classic), and had an AMAZING time, walking the 5 miles in the frigid, cold, November morning.
At the time I found out about BIAMD and the race, I was at the point in my recovery, where I was excited that I could walk up the stairs naturally, and not be wiped out at the top. That I could walk my dogs at night, and come back in one piece. That my hair was growing back, and most people could not tell that I had a scar across most of my head, in an effort to remove 3 Arteriovenous Malformations (http://avmalformation.org/avm) from my brain.
Two of my great friends spent a whole hour, slowly inching along the 5 mile path with me, keeping me company, as well as making sure I did not collapse or have a seizure doing something that no one was very sure was the best idea. But I decided to walk it, and I loved it. Finishing the "race" gave me a sense of accomplishment that seemed like a new chapter in my life.
I had been a cross country runner in high school, participating in all of the races we competed in. I swam for 10 years, did ballet for 3, ice skating for 3, dabbled in horse back riding, precision jumproping, and the likes for a little while each, and played tennis for 8 years before starting college (I was on the varsity team in high school, and even showed up in a few USTA tournaments when in middle school). I was always active and exercising, and being ill brought me head first into a new kind of life, where I couldn't walk to my classes in college without my heart rate rising substantially and feeling faint, and I could barely get myself to finish my homework, much less go out for dinner with friends.
From the neurosurgery in December, 2011, I have sustained "subjacent right anterior frontal subdural hygroma and left orbital frontal gyrus encephalomalacia." I went back to college 6 weeks after my surgery, and have finally graduated this spring. Now, I am beginning my graduate school journey to become a Special Education teacher.
Since this January, I have began many initiatives and projects to help spread awareness for Arteriovenous Malformation and Aneurysms, such as the AVM Awareness Project (http://avmalformation.org), Burgundy for Life (http://aneurysmawareness.com), and the Mid-Atlantic AVM/Aneurysm Support Group (http://midatlanticavm.com).
I hope you will cheer me on in this 5K, and will even contemplate participating in it with me! :)