In honor of Recovery month , in needing to shed much light on Overdose Awareness and in the hope's of ending the stigma of addiction @weareshatterproof is encouraging anyone who has been touched by addiction, its profound effects of loss, and its constant fight for recovery to share how fitness has helped them in their battle.
I found Shatter Proof after my brother Henry passed away from overdose on March 9th 2016. Fitness and wellness having always been a mainstay in my life I was at a total loss as to how I had not been able to get my brother to share in that. On any given week I spend countless hours helping & talking to people about their journey through wellness, but always hit road blocks with helping my big brother. I thought about it constantly, I talked to my mom and friends about it but never managed to make the connection for him. I would hear him tell people I was strong, ran marathons, danced, always proud but bridging the gap between us in this way didn't go past lose conversations and hope.
When Henry passed I was in the midst of training for a half marathon, with two marathons on my calendar for 2016. It was going to be one of my biggest years of running yet I had felt and then I was hit with his loss. I could barely move at first. I could no longer run with music. I only left my house at off hours to run when not as many people would be out. I ran at night for long miles alone and as the sun was setting and rising hoping to have brief moments of peace and quiet conversation with my brother in my thoughts. But my runs were falling apart. 2 weeks after his passing I ran the nyc half marathon and cried through the whole thing my best friend stopping to hug me and keep me from stopping at mile 7. 6 weeks later it was time for my full marathon (BigSur) and heartbroken, exhausted and undertrained I bowed out, vowing to save for the future. I kept at it, piecing my training back together and geared myself up for my following marathon in November (my second NY). .... continued in comments..... #strongerthanaddiction #weareshatterproof #rememberinghenry