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8th Annual Scarecrow Classic 5K and 1 Mile Walk

Ellicott City, Maryland

Hiroko's Page

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! :)



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