I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself 🙂
My name is Heather Morgan, and I’ve always loved being active. Despite physical disabilities that resulted in over a dozen surgeries, I’ve always found ways to participate in physical activities: an 80 km canoe trip and the Barrie Sprint Triathlon are just two of the highlights from recent years.
But last fall something happened. My energy plummeted, I developed extreme fatigue and muscle weakness, and I almost entirely lost the ability to walk. Despite rounds of specialist appointments and weeks in the hospital, we still have no answers as to what is wrong with me – no label to help understand the new world I find myself in. What I do know is that I now use a wheelchair to get around, and my autistic husband and autistic teenagers and I are slowly coming to grips with a new – but very different – ‘normal’.
The transition hasn’t been easy, however through an organization called myTeam Triumph Canada we were recently able to pair my husband’s love of long distance sports with my physical limitations and run the Toronto Sporting Life 10K. What an incredible experience!!
Two of the most challenging aspects of any chronic illness or disability are maintaining good mental health in the midst of the process and finding ways to maintain your marriage and other relationships to help you get through. The experience of doing the 10K race gave us a window into a way to help us navigate both of these challenges – training and racing!
So as we set out on this new journey, I thought I would try to chronicle the process. I have lots of ideas in store for what I might get up to, and all of them will be powered by love!