Let’s Take a Journey: Pushing My Boundaries
“Life is like using a bicycle. To maintain your steadiness, it’s essential to preserve shifting.” — Albert Einstein
After I used to be recognized with pulmonary hypertension (PH), I wished to dwell my greatest life. However due to waxing and waning symptoms, I haven’t pushed my boundaries as a lot.
I’ve but to bounce again after a number of traumatic hospitalizations. It’s nearly like these setbacks took the wind out of my sails. Was this a discovered response or a results of age?
My little household engages in bodily exercise that exams their energy and bounds. I often cheer them on from the sidelines, amazed at their energy. If I’m a bit peppier, I push myself. However then I pay for days. These setbacks usually deter me from urgent extra.
Since my prognosis in 2005, I’ve met many inspiring and distinctive individuals who dwell with a uncommon illness. Need to see resilience? Please get to know a number of the unbelievable beings who proceed to PHight regardless of their struggles. The children are a number of the strongest. Whereas it breaks my coronary heart to listen to their tales, they encourage me to PHight more durable every day.
One younger lady, Britt, was born with congenital coronary heart illness and developed PH. She has been by extra within the few years I’ve identified her than I’ve in all of my 40-something years.
Britt’s social media posts and updates encourage me to push more durable. She is a Pulmonary Hypertension News columnist, which is how I discovered about this web site. You possibly can learn her column, “Recharged and Rewired,” to be taught extra about her.
I debated shopping for an electrical bike for some time, however concern and detrimental ideas clouded my thoughts. One of many greatest points was the fee. As a result of I’m my husband’s “Million Dollar Baby,” I’m not notably desperate to spend a lot on myself.
Final week, I lastly chosen one. Yep, I’m the proud proprietor of a shiny, new, stunning e-bike. After the primary experience, my husband, Manny, remarked, “It’s already price each cent.”
Jen and Manny on their first experience collectively. (Courtesy of Jen Cueva)
Given the chaos on the planet, this was not as simple as one would assume. Everyone seems to be shopping for bikes. However I used to be lucky, and we discovered one inside an hour’s drive. Don’t fret, I’ve a motorcycle helmet, too — security first, or third, as my son-in-love says.
For many who have no idea, my husband, Manny, cycles, and now we will get pleasure from rides collectively. I can not start to elucidate how surreal that is for me. In fact, I’m removed from his stage, however our few rides to date have felt nearly magical. I often use a wheelchair for distances, so that is concurrently thrilling and scary.
Suited up with my backpack carrying my oxygen, I’m prepared. E-bikes provide pedal help, which features a throttle. The primary day, we rode nearly 4 miles! The climate was stunning, and the character trails had been picturesque. I didn’t expertise any issues falling asleep that night time. I slept laborious, which is a battle for me most nights.
Our most up-to-date experience was on the Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. Final 12 months, I sat on a blanket by the play space and browse books whereas my husband rode. He mentioned he wished I may see what he did. On Saturday, his want got here true. Driving with the cool breeze of wind in opposition to my face and taking within the spectacular nature was profound.
An e-bike will not be for everybody, however I’m excited to proceed build up my energy. I hope this column will encourage a few of you to push your boundaries a bit.
In fact, I mentioned this with my medical crew. At first, they weren’t totally on board. However then I approached e-biking as bodily train and agreed to take heed to my physique. We don’t understand how lengthy we’ve got left, however I plan to get pleasure from life and experience so long as my physique permits.
A shoutout to my household, PHriends, and associates who encourage me by all the time setting the bar excessive. You’re the true heroes. Phrases can not categorical my love and appreciation on your assist.
It definitely takes a village. With out y’all, I wouldn’t have the braveness to push by and check out new issues. Keep in mind: We’ve got PH, however PH doesn’t have us.
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