Saturday, September 29, 2012

CMT Awareness Month

I haven't been doing much lately. I squeezed in one short easy jog and a swim last week, then my body went into full protest mode and caught a cold that is just sticking around. I have been itching to get back into the swing of things, but after a long heart to heart with Sonja, I decided that instead of trying to add on another race this year and dig myself into a deeper hole healthy-wise, I will officially declare the off-season here. I am looking forward to running some trails without my HR monitor, getting my zen on with some yoga, seeing how sore Crossfit actually makes me feel, and whatever else floats my boat.

You might be wondering why I'm talking about my own training (or lack thereof) with a title like CMT Awareness Month, right? Well, Charcot Marie Tooth disease is a nerve disease that impacts 1 in 2500 people. People with CMT have difficulty transmitting signals to their muscles that results in muscle atrophy which keeps them from functioning as easily as the rest of us. While I am itching to get back to my usual training schedule, many people with CMT have little hope of regaining the muscle loss they have experienced. My friend, Donna D., lives every day with challenges that many of us will never face, yet she lives, truly lives, a life that pushes her past her limits. You can learn more about Donna at her website, Beating Limitations

The Charcot Marie Tooth Association is currently funding over 50 different research initiatives that cover all aspects of CMT, including trying to find a drug that can halt the progression of this disease.  So when Donna put out the challenge to Team Rev3 to help build CMT awareness during the month of September, it was a no-brainer for me. Donna is generously donating $10 to the Ulman Cancer Fund (Rev3's chosen charity) for every team member who blogs about CMT. If that isn't a win-win, I'm not sure what is.

What can you do to help? Visit the Donna's page at the CMTA website. Learn about ways you can support people with this disease. I am a firm believer in the notion that every dollar counts. 

And live your life with gratitude for what you are able to do each and every day.


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