Meet Colleen Alexander… I worked with her a few years ago when her non-profit organization was part of the KBVCM Miles for a Mission program. When I received her Why I Run story this morning I was shocked … she’s been through so much, she’s so strong and she is why I will go out and give blood this week ….. I can’t wait to see Colleen at the 2013 KBVCM.
I now live in CT and moved here to take a job working with another non profit. I was scheduled to run this last marathon with a dear Vermont friend for the two person relay and unfortunately was run over by a freight truck while cycling home from work last October. I did manage to do a half marathon the weekend before this last KBVCM but I did it closer to home with a walker.. walking
My injuries included a open book pelvis.. severe leg damage, severe stomach damage, and severe lower back and butt damage. I was in a medically induced coma over a month had over 110 people’s blood donations, and needed to be resusitated twice.
I am about to go into my 15th surgery with four after that.. slowly reconstructing what was trashed. I continue to try to run, because I’m alive.. I am screwed together.. and wired together.. I now have only another foot of skin to grow.. but I can walk.. so I can hobble.. and with my walker.. I try to jog until the pain tells me to stop.
This past Sunday was my birthday.. and the ten month mark since my accident.. it also happened to be a ten mile race the town next to me, so my dear friend, Julia from VT, that I was supposed to do the marathon with came down and walked and “wogged” walk/jogged, all ten miles with me.
Running is now more painful than ever.. but it also reminds me that my heart is pumping blood.. something it failed to do ten months ago when my body simply ran out of it.. it reminds me that I am alive.
Hopefully next year, I can run in the B-town marathon again.. albeit slow, I hope to be back in the Green Mountain state with so many other beautiful people celebrating life.