I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

13 minute mile

I post my workouts and my workout goals on my Jamiebug's Workout blog but tonight I wanted to also post here about my progress. I have been running now for some time with goals in mind that help motivate me. My main motivation is to improve and gain muscle tone throughout my body but especially my legs. My biggest motivation is to keep my new lungs in pristine shape. It takes a lot of time to build back up all the muscle I lost 3 years ago.

When I first started running I could hardly run for less than one minute before my legs began screaming at me and throbbing horribly. But with slow, steady and faithful running I am now doing a 13 minute mile. It's no record by any means but it a HUGE improvement. Of course my goal is a 6-8 minute mile so much more improvement needs to happen :) Realistically however, I need to get up to running at least 3 miles in a decent amount of time if I want to do a 5k race....then build from there.

Life post transplant has given me back the ability to do the things I couldn't do anymore with CF lungs. It's a pretty incredible feeling to run a mile again, to ride a horse again, and to be on stage again. I have so much love an appreciation for the gift of my 2nd life! I run for me and my donor.

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Thank You for taking the time to read my blog. I am hoping that through this blog and my experiences that I can bring hope, faith and strength to all that may be living with Cystic Fibrosis, CF with Cepacia and Lung Transplant recipients. Information and blog entrees start Nov. 07. My Double Lung Transplant was on Dec. 10th 2007. Please feel free to read about my experience and ask me any questions! My email address is jamiebug77@gmail.com

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It's hard to put into words how I feel toward my Heavenly Father and the Savior. I have so many reasons to be thankful for what I have gone through & endured. Because of my trials in life I have gained a strong testimony of Faith. I have always had Faith in the Lord and in Prayer. As I faced the decision to get a double lung transplant I had to rely on faith to make the choice.....By listening to the spirit, I was guided to Pittsburgh where my life was saved. I believe prayers are answered. I have always tried to follow the philosophy of this: If I do what the Lord expects of me, he will give me what I want & need. That has always worked for me. I Believe in MIRACLES..........My life on this earth is a miracle- I prayed on my knees for years to be healed from my lung disease. I knew that through a priesthood blessing (if it was God's will) I could be healed. So many times I thought he would heal me instantly...my faith was tested as I continued to get sick and no cure was in my future. I turned to prayer....I talked to my Heavenly Father, I cried to him and he heard me and he healed me by guiding me to Pittsburgh and guiding the surgeons hands. I learned humility, and thankfulness. I realized that we need others to lean on and we are supposed to strengthen each others testimonies. I learned that the hardest things we'll do are usually the greatest blessings in our life. I was able to experience a lot of things during surgery and I know I had comforting angels in my ICU room. THe Lord knows each of us by name and he will never leave our side. We need to remember to stay close to him and have Faith that he is watching over us. I know this for a fact! I know that following the gospel will bring us true happiness- the world will tell us otherwise, but I know I am truely happy & living the gospel has brought me that. Amen