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  • Writer's pictureLeah Jones

Good walks, at last, and goal reached!

If I’m not careful, this is going to turn into a love letter to my new Asics Gel Kayano Walkers in Pearl, Silver and Chocolate. They were prescribed to me by my boss Michael, after Amy diagnosed pronation. I’d gotten to the point where I was crying 3 miles into a 14 mile walk and abandoning the path by mile 10 or 11. While it didn’t look like it, it felt like I was walking on bloody stumps and no amount of personal guilt tripping could make me take another step.

And today?

Today I’m celebrating two good walks and surpassing my fundraising goal. I walked about 10 miles on Saturday and had energy left at the end to go to NextFest and window shop. I haven’t had left over energy from a walk in weeks. And I didn’t cry at all, not one tear.

On Sunday, I walked 14.05 mile. It was hot and I was moving slow, but I finished the walk. Man, oh, man the burger I got at Moody’s really hit the spot when I finally got off the couch and got over there.

Then this morning I passed my fundraising goal. I set the goal at $3600 with the hopes that 200 people would donate $18 each. To date, I’ve had 92 people donate amounts ranging from $10 to $200! Wow! I am so blessed to have such a generous community around me!

On a semi-related note, I also spent Friday night at home reading Gail Konop Baker’s memoir Cancer is a Bitch. I rarely read a book in one sitting anymore, but this one I couldn’t move. My arms fell asleep, but I stayed put on the couch reading, crying and laughing. You must read this book.

Run, don’t walk, to your local independent bookstore or (where you’ll help her author ranking) and buy this book. Yes, buy it in hardback, it is that good. If you know me at all, you know that I don’t buy books until they are in paperback, but this one is worth it. Gail was featured at Pilcrow Lit Fest, which I am on the staff of, and is totally awesome. I’ll be rockin’ one of her Cancer is a Bitch shirts in Atlanta!

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