Good Morning Ladies (and gentlemen who may be reading).
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Hypothalamic Amenorhoea on October 12, 2012. Since then, I have received numerous e-mails; some positive and others negative.
Well, today I’ve decided to share some of the questions & my answers with all of you. I also think it’s important that I give you an update on where I’m at, and how I’m feeling both mentally and physically.
Question #1: How did you not realize you weren’t eating enough calories for the amount of physical activity you were partaking in? When I first read this question, I was offended. I took it as an insult, I felt as if I were being called dumb and irresponsible. It wasn’t until I took a deep breath, and just let the question truly sink in. The person meant no harm, it was simply a question out of curiosity.
…and you know, I could lie to you & tell you my body showed signs, but that wasn’t the case; with the exception of weight loss. I felt great. I wasn’t tired, or fatigued… I was happy. Up until May when Joshua & I decided that we were ready to become parents, I was on birth control, getting my period every month. When I stopped taking it, my period stopped. I had the common thoughts anyone would “… it’s just my body getting back to normal again”. Well, months went by and things didn’t change. That key factor was the reasoning in why I decided to see an OBGYN.
Question #2: You were running 50+ miles a week, and had to give that all up. How did you handle it? Tears, Tears and Tears. For the past few years, my life has revolved around running & training for races. It was my “me” time. The time of the day where I could clear my mind, and gather my thoughts. I looked forward to my 6 AM runs. I looked forward to the runners high after a new PR.
When I found out that running was no longer an option, I felt as if my life was crashing down upon me. Sounds crazy right?… but, that’s how I felt. Thankfully the words I received from Joshua, Family/Friends, and YOU made me look at the situation differently. Joshua continuously reassured me that things happen for a reason. He was straight forward as well. Told me, I have two options: 1. Keep running, and give up my dream of a family for the time being, or 2. Work for that dream.
…so here I am today, reminding myself that races won’t end, they’ll be another one tomorrow, next week, next month,and years to come. I’m reaching and doing whatever I can to achieve that dream of not only mine, but Joshua’s.
…well, I didn’t realize this would be so long already. I’m going to end it here for the day, but will continue part 2 on Thursday (since tomorrow is What I Ate Wednesday).
For everyone who took the time to read this post today, thank you.
- What was a hard obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
- How did you handle the situation?