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The Human Spirit

The human spirit is an amazing thing, and this past weekend was an incredible reminder for both my husband and myself.  We have spent the last 6 months training for the 2011 Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC.  The training has been arduous, painful and mentally taxing, but well worth the inconveniences.  However, none of this would have ever been possible without the help and support of family, friends, and co-workers.  It truly does take a village!  The 6:00 am long runs, the after work runs, the massage appointments, the injuries, the doctor’s appointments, and the shuffling of children from one location to another, were all just pieces, and parts of an ultimate goal.  A goal that simply would not have been achieved without the support of people we love.  Thanks to you all, we love you!

Our marathon weekend started off full of surprises.  Dear friends had organized a surprise family celebratory dinner on Friday night, complete with carbohydrates and good luck posters.  We were definitley off to a good start, and receiving all the positive “juju” was an added benefit.  We left bright and early on Saturday morning, ready for the culmination of our hard work to come to fruition. Sunday, when we awoke, and it was beautiful.  In fact, it glorious and we were finally ready for our run.  However, I soon came to realize, I was NOT ready for the massive emotion that was forthcoming.

Marine Corp Marathon Packet Pick-up

The magnificent show of “human spirit” was amazing.  Random strangers on the sidelines, became instant friends.  They came to cheer us on, pat our backs, slap our hands as we ran by, and tell us we were “awesome.”  Their unconditional support helped us to cross the finish line.  Posters, that read “We don’t know you, but you can do it!” helped to lift us up, posters that read “Chafe now, drink beer later,” made us laugh and momentarily forget the pain.  Funny costumes helped to decrease the tension.  We were surrounded by thousands of unknown well wishers, and it was unbelievable.  At mile 18, my own staff, unbeknowing to me, had traveled to DC to come and support us in this endeavor.  It brought tears joy to both my husband and myself.

A running Whoopi Cushion helped to break the tension!

"The Divas" come to DC!

The show of human spirit was continued with the young autistic runner, the blind runner, the double leg amputees, Marines in full uniform carrying backpacks and running in boots, the British Marines that traveled long distances to participate, the three military men training by carrying a third person from spot to spot, and all the various organizations that were represented.  Ultimately everyone had their own personal reason for running, and their own goal to achieve.

Amputee participant.

The Brits came to join us!

Marines in full uniform, backpacks and boots.

Marines were everywhere, they graciously handed out water and snacks.  They were our own personal cheerleaders, who yelled and encouraged at each mile marker…”Ooh rah!”  As we crossed the finish line, they were there handing out warming blankets, and personally congratulating each person. They placed your finishers medal around your neck, and shook your hand.  The finishers village was full of marines passing our water, gatorade, food and making sure we were all well taken of.  They truly were the ultimate support force!  Semper Fi!

Marines handing out water.

Stuart receiving his medal!

As I look at my pictures, and think back on my marathon experience, I become a bit teary.  First, that my husband and I finished, what a great feeling, and incredible accomplishment (check that off the bucket list).  Secondly, to be enveloped by such support and love from family, friends and random strangers is truly humbling.  Lastly, to witness such strength in people is overwhelming.  The human spirit is an amazing thing, and in the end, we did kick a little “assphalt.”

We're done!




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Inspiration and Encouragement

We received a letter recently from Operation Gratitude. This is the organization that we sent our candy donation to for the US Troops overseas. Our candy alone, created 60,000 packages during the 2009 Holiday Drive. THANK YOU to all of our generous patients, friends, and family from the community who helped make this event possible!

We had the pleasure of accepting a new patient into our office this month. Gary Aramini, is who we all recogonized from the gym as “The Push Up Man”. He is in fantastic shape and when we asked what inspired him to work so hard and remain in such great health, he replied in a humble voice, telling us God was his inspiration.  Before he left that day, he brought in a DVD for the staff to watch.   He stated it would explain where his determination and inspirtaion derives from.  He wanted to share this with all of us, in hope for us to watch and become inspired to do all we can in our own lives. We all gathered in an operatory and watched together. Tears were shed, hearts we opened, and fire was lit in all of us that day.  The DVD was news footage from New Hapshire, where Mr. Aramini was born and raised.  In 1984, he was a 19 year old young man who lost a high school friend to bone cancer.  He felt the pain of not being able to live past 19 and experience life.  Mr. Aramini, felt there had to be a way to honor his friend and raise awareness and money for Cancer.  He set out across the country running from San Francisco to Hampton Beach a 3, 480 mile journey taking a mere 116 days.  His goal was to raise $100, 000.  By the end of his run he had raised more than $500, 000!  Then in 2009, 25 years later, Mr. Aramini returned to his hometown to participate in Relay for Life.  His goal that day/night was to run 40 miles.  He ran 60 miles instead.  To this day, Mr. Aramini has raised more than $1 million for Cancer Research.  What an INSPIRATION to us all! 


Last, but not least, we wanted to remind everyone to watch the 2010 Vancouver Olympics begining this weekend.  Make sure to cheer on our patient Heather Richardson as she Speed Skates to compete in the 500 meters on February 16, the 1,000 meters on February 18, and the 1,500 meters on February 21.  She has worked extremely hard and progressed in as little as three years to be in these Olympic games.  We are so very proud of you Heather!  We will all be watching and cheering for you.


No matter how young or old, there is always a way we can help others.  Inspire to be better and ecourage others to do the same. 


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