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Mission Bike! Mission Healing!

Today I was on a mission. 

My bicycle shock broke a few years back rendering it unrideable.  Because the company that originally manufactured the bike had been bought by another company I couldn’t just replace the part easily.  And since I have been a student for the past couple years, buying a new bicycle or replacing expensive parts was not in my budget.  I was finally gifted a bicycle that my son was able to make some fairly minor adjustments to make it ride smoothy for me.  And before sunset, I was able to go for a ride.

I love riding my bicycle.  I enjoy exercising, but being on a bike and riding along the river or on a trail through nature is really something that I enjoy.  When my children were younger, we used to go on bike rides a lot.  Some of my kids even raced bicycles for a couple summers.  It isn’t just because of my fond memories that I like to bike, it is now because I still can.

For those of you who don’t know my health story, I lost half my right lung to cancer just about seven years ago.  I cannot believe it has been that long ago already.  When I was presented with the surgery option I was told that my body would adjust and in six months I would be able to do everything that I had done before.  For me, this wasn’t true.  I have been doing interval training and weights the past few years because doing aerobics for extended periods of time was not as easy as it used to be.

For over two years following my surgery I would get nauseous and dizzy when trying to go for a good ride.  It was very frustrating.  Even more frustrating was when I went to the doctor for help, he suggested that I lose weight and put me on diet pills.  Finally a nurse that I spoke to suggested that maybe due to the pain, I hadn’t been breathing as deeply.  I hadn’t thought of it even though I was in pain for over nine months following my surgery.  I am happy to report that is finally changing!

I am not only on a mission for my own healing, I hope that through my self-healing guide, others will heal, too!