What does being, "healthy" mean to you?
This is a question I have no choice but to consider when I claim to write a blog about, "fitness and health." I'm not a doctor, nor am I a medical professional in any sense of the term. I know so little about medical conditions I google, "paper-cut" and conclude I have the plague. Yet, I keep on talking about health. I spend time everyday working out, preparing "healthy" food, reading articles about fitness, and then sharing what I learn with others.
It occurred to me this week, that when it comes to, "health" I have been absolutely blessed. I am lucky enough to stand up every morning, and to lay completely down every night. My body is capable of so much more than I even have to think about... really, ever. But do I understand health? Does anyone understand anything fully if they only have experience with one side of it? Okay, take money for example. Can you speak intellectually about poverty as a whole, stating facts about what it feels like to be rich AND poor if you've only been rich OR poor. Or gender; can you comment on the feeling of being male AND female, if you've only been either/or? Maybe that one's a touchy subject... but you get my drift, right?
I have exactly zero experience being unhealthy. I assert, this makes me exactly 0% qualified to preach about health... But read on! Really!
Cupid's Undie Run is next month, (February 13, 2016, if you're in the Chicago area). It's a fundraising, one mile(ish) run/party, sponsored by Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF) to fund research of Neurofibromatosis (NF).
NF is, "a debilitating genetic disorder" which causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the entire nervous system. It often results in blindness, deafness, learning disabilities, and severe chronic pain. What's more is there's currently no cure for NF and very few options for treatment. Cupid's Undie Run is an effort to change this for the two million (1 : 3,000 births) people struggling with this disorder worldwide.
You may have guessed by the name of the run, it is to be done wearing very little, and exposing a lot! Those diagnosed can't hide their disorder, because it effects their whole life and every move they make. NF is their most sensitive reality, and in tribute to their struggle, CTF wants us put ourselves out there too... Imperfections, extra holiday weight, beer belly... Cupid's Undie Run is a chance to bear it all to support the rock stars big and small on their missions to a healthy future.
Here's the fun part of the post: I will be participating in Cupid's Undie Run here in Chicago, IL and
I would LOVE for YOU to JOIN ME!
You can sign up to run on my team by going to: https://my.cupids.org/shaylasays and clicking, "Join This Team"
10% Off Registration with Code: CHICUR$
If you're not into running, don't own any undies, OR you're not in the Chicago area, you can still support NF research and my team by clicking here: MAKE A DONATION!
Plus, right now every $50+ donation will be matched by The McMeen family.
Anything you can give to help this cause would be so appreciated, you guys.
"Health" is a helluva concept to truly grasp unless you don't have it and so many of us take our health for granted. I am so fortunate to be in good health and have the capability to run a mile. This event is a reminder that not everyone has that chance.
So what's a mile in your undies... In Chicago... In February?? We've got this you guys!! It will be a blast and you'll be doing something to help so many families in need of an answer.
Hope to see you all out there. MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!