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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'm Torn . . .

Well, I am really torn, as much as I have wanted to go to the transplant games. . .I just don't think financially I can make it happen. Not just the expense of the games but also timing. I haven't been home in Idaho for over 6 months!!! I can hardly believe that!!! It's just NOT convenient OR Cheap to get back and forth to Idaho from Oklahoma. I also have to make a trip to Pittsburgh for a transplant clinic follow up, it's been almost 2 full years since I have gone there. That is not a bad thing, that means I have been healthy and stable so my transplant clinic feels I didn't need to make a trip there. But 2 years is enough time and a clinic check in is in order. Routine.

My issues with the transplant games is mostly the amount of money I would have to raise individually. My team suggests, well has designated each competitor raise $1200.00 then on top of that I have to cover my travel expenses & food. I guess with my monthly costs for my anti-rejection meds as well as the other travel I HAVE to do this year, raising/spending that kind of money has now become a lower priority for me. I would much rather save money to pay off debt and reduce my day to day stress, or have the money to travel home to Idaho and ride my horse~ Since the Transplant Games took a year longer than usual to announce the games. . .I just don't think 4 months is enough time for me to prepare/save/fund raise. This will just push me to stay super healthy for another 2 years and compete in 2014. haha! I can run another 5k or do a sprint-tri and honestly feel just as accomplished and hopefully debt free as well :) haha!!

*If you want a bracelet I would greatly appreciate it & the money I raise will help me travel to Pittsburgh.

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Amy said...

Totally understandable! No need for added stress and you can be super prepared for 2014 :)

Jamie said...

Thanks, that makes me feel better knowing someone else agrees with me. haha! :)

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