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Shannon Ford-Smith  Cycling Enthusiast | body positive | omnivore | neuromuscular disorder | 🇨🇦 📩 shannonfordsmith@gmail.com

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This clock is a pretty accurate representation of my concept of time (and the lack thereof) after the past few years. 🤦🏻‍♀️.
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Thank you to @hubcycling for inviting me out to this year's #BIKETHENIGHT . Had a super fun time and a lot of laughs with our mobile party rolling down the closed of streets of Vancouver. I support any organization or movement that promotes more people getting out on bikes, no matter the level of ability.
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Set out on a hike this weekend with the intention of making it to the highest peak but my body wasn't up for it. I'm doing my best to remind myself that even perfectly able healthy people have their off days. Thanks to @tissue_regeneration I was able to make it safely down, with the reminder to be easy on myself. .
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I was doing my best to share what I thought was an honest view into my life when I posted this photo last year. Pride was holding me back from sharing what was really going on. The reality is that I had lost my business because I physically was unable to work, my health was a mess and a few days before this photo was taken my boyfriend I had been living with came home one night after work and told me I had 48hrs to get out. I had been told that because of my "disability" at the time I was no longer attractive to him and was to leave immediately. This was the worst case scenario I had always feared on every front. I was without a home, money, or a job, and did not know many people in the city I had moved to. My point in sharing this now, is that as terrifying and difficult as it was, it wasn't as bad as I had imagined...I didn't die...Life wasn't over. In my lowest moments it was hard to see, that indeed I would come back stronger. It set me on a new course, helped me meet new people, and taught me when one needs to ask for help. As tough as it all was, I can finally say I'm glad it happened, and hope that this can give someone currently struggling some perspective and hope. .
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Making a comeback has been anything but predictable. Having a plan helps as a general framework for most things, but I've had to throw it out the window time and time again in the past two years. The highs have been high, and the low have been some of the lowest of my life. I feel I'm able to put more time into social media now after having to use the little energy I have on trying to get my life back on track, and healing my body. With that, I would love to know what you'd like to learn more about in terms of my treatment, struggles and adversities no matter how personal it is. I hope by sharing this can help others feeling alone in their journey through life's struggles. .
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First mountain bike race back in 1.5 years. It's been hell to get here in all honesty, but last night gave me a taste of what life used to be like. I have a long ways to go, and still have no idea why the outcome will be and if I'll ever be competitive with others again like I used to. But for now, I'm happy just getting back on the course. Had to hold back the tears last night as my fellow racers cheered me on. I'm so thankful for the support I've had on and off of Instagram. ❤️.
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In exactly two weeks time I plan to try racing again. It might only be a midweek fun race, but will be surrounded by my old peers back home in Ontario, and it's a start! For now just being able to participate and complete the short course is a win for me, as the last time I visited I was having difficulties walking, never mind racing. So with that...let the last minute training begin! 🤣.
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A genuine smile as I reflect back to just how far I've come in the past year. I haven't posted daily as the ups and downs have been intense, and uncertain at times. I post the highlights, I don't post the meltdowns and the lows, which should be noted that they've happened often. (Ask my friends haha). It's also worth mentioning that as much as I'm capable and thankful I can return to a lot of my previously loved activities, I need a lot of rest in between, and during them. I also stumble and trip as my coordination isn't quite perfect, but it's getting better. The past two years have been a lesson in hard work and determination, even if you can't notice the changes right away. .
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Not being able to race my bike so far this year has given me a lot of time to reflect and to spend with loved ones. I've enjoyed the time off and have understood that racing is above what my body is capable of doing well right now. All that being said, I'm dying to train and race my bike for fun again. It's a huge part of my life and who I am as a person. I might come in last place, but for now it would be a huge win just to participate again. ..
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