Truth be told, when I first signed on as part of Team Every Mother Counts, I saw it as a way to fulfill MY goal of running the New York City marathon. However, with each mile I logged it became clear to me that my journey was leading me to something greater.
Running feeds my soul. It clears my head and strengthens my body. It makes me a better mom, wife, friend and person. I do my best thinking and processing while running. I've created weeks worth of menus, come up with games and decorations for a Ninja themed birthday party, figured out the right words to respond to the difficult email awaiting me in my inbox. I have conversations with myself, God, and sometimes even my Dad. As a morning runner, it is what prepares me for the day.
Through my marathon training I got a sense for what my running can do for others. I raised funds - $5,264 to be exact, and I raised awareness. Friends and family were moved not just by my story, but by the work that EMC is doing. I had friends who graciously made donations with heartfelt thanks, sharing that the birth of their child was one that required extra medical attention. I received a donation from a dear friend whose mother passed away earlier in the year. Her mother had been a nurse and early in her career, 40+ years ago, fought for good maternal health care. Everyone has a story, and sometimes we don't know with who, when or how, our stories come together with others. It's when stories collide that things happen.
I am thrilled that my story with Every Mother Counts continues as a running Ambassador - to assist and grow the running community, organize teams, train, fund raise, educate and support. And run. Did I mention I get to run?!
Join me. So that more stories can be told. More healthy, happy, successful birth stories.