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Swimming Despite the Difficulty


My whole life I have LOVED swimming. It has always been a huge part of my life. Even after my Friedreich's Ataxia diagnosis, I kept swimming for exercise. I even waddled my pregnant self to swim laps when I was pregnant with Brooks. I kept up with swimming (as much as a new mom's schedule allows for exercise) after Brooks. Then FA made it too hard.


Getting in and out of the gym pool by myself got dangerous and frustrating. So, as I am ashamed to admit, I quit. I was so angry at FA for taking another thing from me.


Lately, I have been attempting to start swimming again. I just started doing mini-laps here and there at my parents' pool. Man, it was extremely rough and frustrating at first.


I persevered. I kept at it. I have been swimming a little more each time. It was still so hard, though. My coordination is shot and I couldn't find my rhythm.


However, muscle memory kinda kicked in today. Swimming felt GOOD! It was AH-mazing. I’m hooked again. I know my strokes won't be what they were 5, 10, 20 years ago, but that's not my goal. My goal is to find ways to exercise and be in the best shape possible for the day we finally #CureFA! (Plus, moving without my walker or someone supporting me is just )


All this to say, if I can do it, you can do it. Find your passion and make it work! It's worth it. #GodIsGood

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