I finally got a second opinion and a new GI doctor . I was oh-so-reluctant to make this change, and I am so glad I did. Dr. Cohen has led me to a better understanding of my disease, updated my diagnosis , and has helped me to take charge of my health for the first time in a long time.
I raised $5200 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America as a Team Challenge Participant. I had alot going on this summer, to say the least. I was hesitant to sign up to be a Team Challenge participant for the brand-new Nashville race, but I knew that my chances to be a participant were limited. (I can’t participate at any race that Team Illinois has a team, because I’m working!) I bit the bullet and signed up, and I am so glad that I did. I ended up being the event’s top fundraiser and having a blast in Nashville with friends. It was a much-needed “Lauren weekend” in the midst of a tough time, and I am proud to have raised $10,000 for CCFA in a year’s time. (Between Las Vegas 2011 and Nashville 2012)
Fellow Endurance Manager Becky and me, showing off our Top Fundraiser bibs
I set a PR in the 10k! I actually never posted about this race, but donning a Grinch t-shirt in cold, rainy weather, I managed to run a 1:09:16 10k — taking 3:21 off my previous best. I was thrilled and surprised!
Apparently this is my “ready to run fast” faceI changed and grew. A whole lot. In good ways. Much happened this year that I chose not to document online. The nitty gritty was saved for family and a few close friends. Suffice it to say that I am happier, stronger, and ready to take on 2013 in a big way! How did 2012 treat you? Are you sad to see it go or ready for 2013? Maybe both?