When I first got sober in March of 2016, people would tell me that I could have a life beyond my wildest dreams and I would laugh in disbelief. Because truthfully I was mortified, I was pissed that the key to happiness for so many years was at the bottom of a bottle or in a line of cocaine; this left me lacking love and respect for myself. When the Coach announced that I would be running in the Boston Marathon to support the Bulldogs, I did not laugh instead I cried and celebrated! I do not think ‘the old me’ would have believed you!
In May, my best friend asked me to go with her to check out the Boston Bulldogs and after that day, my sobriety took on a completely new meaning. This organization helped me peel off layers of shame and guilt; they taught me that I am stronger than my disease and that anything is possible. Running with the Bulldogs has helped me fight to live like no one else, not just through running but also by dedicating my life in humble service to other addicts. The Coach has taught me that we are the cool ones and if you have had the privilege to meet him, you will understand what I am saying. I am so grateful for this tribe; together we experience fear and run through it with faith.
This has been an incredible journey filled with lessons that I would never have imagined to learn but am so grateful I have. Thank YOU for being part of this special day and journey. Please help me show the world that recovery is possible by supporting this fundraiser. God bless you!