What doesn’t kill me…

The quote what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is very inspirational and true for my life. I have experienced some life changing events as most people have, but I always said I would not let any of those break my spirit and make me a bitter person. When I began my marathon training years ago for my first marathon I started opening up more about the events I had experienced with my running coach. I truly can remember the exact road we were on when I told him I had been in a coma for two months as a child. He looked at me in disbelief and I told him I was serious, so we spoke more of it. I said to him Frank I know there has to be a reason I am still around after being that close to death. He said to me your purpose will slowly emerge to you Stephanie as you put one foot in front of the other and continue following your heart…

 

Those words he said to me have been more clear since this Boston tragedy. I have always believed in the saying everything happens in life for one reason or another. I’m not sure why anything like a bomb at the most prestigious marathon in the world, The Boston Marathon would happen. But I do ultimately believe I was in that location for a reason. Because as you may know my passion for Boston runs deep. I have had those roads of that marathon on my mind and in my heart for so many years. My passion is so strong simply because I have overcome so many obstacles and I believe it would be fantastic for someone like me to qualify to run a beautiful race such as this one. So when this happened this day my heart has poured out for those victims, and my mind has been working overdrive on how we should all unit and help with this.

 

I believe every single thing I have been through in my life has lead me to this today. I also believe the people I have come in contact with through this journey has lead me to this exact place. In my life I have gone through seasons where I longed to find my true purpose or even establish it. But I see it clearly now that this pain I went through so long ago has lead me to help these runners and innocent victims of this tragedy that day. These people’s lives have completely been changed and they need emotional financial and physical help maybe the rest of their lives. I feel a bond to these people because I have experienced this same life changing event. I know that unknowing feeling, I remember those sleepless nights and those long days of wheeling around in a wheelchair at the age of 14. Most of all I remember those feelings of not knowing if I would ever be able to walk again.

 

All of these emotions have helped me work together with a group of people to develop a race and focus on raising money for this cause. I speak to people a lot of a push I have felt in my life to get things done, and I can say I have never felt this push more than I feel it now. The simple fact that I have a love for Boston so dearly and relating to the pain and suffering these people are going through shows me my purpose…

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