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September 1, 2008
I am Vision Runner. I am a 44 year old woman, who has been running since 1992. My real name is Rhonda. My passion for running began when a friend of mine wanted a running partner. I told her I would be happy to do anything else, I’d bike, hike, or walk, I’d even climb Mt Everest (no, not really J)…but I just wasn’t a runner! Well she kept at me and finally after much persuasion, I gave in and bought my first pair of running shoes. I’ve been running for enjoyment ever since.
In the early spring of 1997, I started to go blind. It came on quite suddenly. I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). RP is a genetic eye disease, that affects the peripheral (side vision), and central vision. I am slowly losing my eyesight. As cells in my retina die, and drop out, they are not replaced by new cells. So over the past 11 years my eyesight has decreased to the point where my mobility is definitely compromised. I am legally blind, and can no longer drive a car or ride my bike. And though obviously my running has been impacted by the progression of the disease, I am still determined to run and, for the most part, am able to navigate independently.
In the beginning of 2007, I was given a copy of the DVD “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. We watched it, and it really resonated with us. So much so that my partner, who had been suffering with horrible migraines for most of her life, started to put into practice the Law of Attraction. That is, she began to focus on what she wanted instead of what she didn’t want. She used to say, “I hope I don’t get a headache.” So she shifted her thinking to “I’m relaxed and comfortable always. I’m healthy and strong.” You know what happened? Yup, you guessed it. Instead of taking her very expensive migraine medicine 3 to 5 times every week or two, she took it only 5 times all year long!!! I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. I know. I was there all the times she suffered with those terrible migraine headaches, and they were 100% real. By simply focusing on what she wanted, T was able to change her life and her entire well being! In the first 8 months of this year, she has only taken her meds 3 times.
Seeing this kind of results for her, it got me thinking that this “Law of Attraction” stuff must really work. I believed it before, but seeing how it worked for her, I really GOT it. So now, even though I’ve been diagnosed with RP, I don’t have to accept that as my reality. I am absolutely convinced that I will see again. It’s just a matter of time. And I want to take you on my journey, if you’re so inclined to go with.
My reason for writing this blog is to hopefully inspire even one person to understand that the change they seek is within. But I’m also doing this for myself, as much as I am for others. I’m using this blog to inspire myself as well as keep myself positive, focused and motivated. I hope together we will have a fun time exploring where I’ve been and where I’m going. This journey is about overcoming obstacles that prevent us from being the best we can be. And I’m ready to get started…..How ‘bout it?