Thursday, 16 January 2014

A New Year and A New Job

If I could tell my younger self one thing, I think this would be it. This quote has definitely described the last few years, and probably sums up most of my life as a twenty-something.

I would not say that the last few years have gone according to plan, but I think they have lead me to the place I was meant to be.

I don't talk about the early stages of my diagnosis very often, but the first chapter of my journey was hard. The initial phase of a cardiac diagnosis is dark, stressful, and uncertain. The goal in those early stages is just to get you stabilized. The cardio team wants to ensure that your your condition is managed, and in doing so, you are treated very delicately. There is no talk of adventure. There is no great conversation about the full and active life you will lead when things are all said and done. The expectations are low, and this was a incredibly hard for me. I am generally a dreamer and a do-er, so I did not take kindly to this newly imposed limitation. This was not the life I had envisioned for myself, and I lost myself for a while in the darkness of my diagnosis.

For me, stable was not enough. I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to be strong. And more than anything, I did not want to be defined by my diagnosis.

It took time, but I stated to make changes to my lifestyle, and slowly but surely my life began to change. If I took care of my body, then my body would take care of me. My body became healthier. My heart got stronger. And I found myself again while out on a run - a run that would never have been possible for me without my trusty little FT2 Polar Heart Rate Monitor. That little FT2 changed my life. It opened up a world I thought was closed to me forever, and made this journey possible.

I ran to lose weight. Then I ran to to train, to hit new distances, to get stronger, and be healthier. I ran through the ups and downs of the last few years. I ran to remind myself that even though I felt broken, I was not beaten. I just kept training. I just kept running. Even my worst run is better than no run at all. And I made a promise to myself, that even though things were hard, I would keep going. Running helped remind me that even my worst day (and I have had a few of those) is a blessing, so I would keep moving forward. I discovered a love of fitness and cherished my new found health. My heart condition did not limit me, it drove me push my boundaries.

This was not the life I had imagined when this journey began, but it is one that I am so incredibly grateful for. So to be able to say, that I now work for the company that made this wonderful, crazy, beautiful life of mine possible, is a dream come true. I started working for Polar Canada full-time this month, and I absolutely love it! Today it is my job to share the healing power of a run and the benefits of Heart Rate Training. Today I get to work for a company that is as enthusiast about heart health and fitness as I am. And I could not be more excited.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten