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I’ve considered posting this for a few weeks now, and have finally gotten up the nerve and permission to do so!
As many of you know, my husband, Shaun Corkery, recently spent some time in the ICU as we learned of a life threatening heart condition that we will face for the rest of his life. As many of you also know, Shaun has spent more than half of his life heavily engaged in sports and weight lifting, health and fitness. As we work together through the emotional aspects of this NEW LIFE, we also face many psychological and physical changes that this condition presents to us. Shaun has been told to DO NOTHING as he runs the risk of incident. We will know more after our appointment with the cardiologist in a few weeks where we discuss options moving forward with an enlarged heart and ventricular tachycardia. VT on its own is life threatening but coupled with the enlargement is even more troublesome. Health and fitness have been part of Shaun’s identity for as long as I’ve known him, they define a MAJOR part of who he is. Given that my career is also in this industry, and knowing that he is struggling to give up this HUGE part of him, we have many battles to face. We are very lucky that we received a warning and have the ability to work with specialists moving forward but we do have a long road ahead.
I’m not posting this to seek pity, but rather to share that we do all have struggles in life and when faced with adversity, we can get through with the support of friends, family, and loved ones. I've spent many days dreading getting out of bed and facing the day......but I know that life goes on and this grieving phase is just part of the journey!
When I workout now, I think of the fact that I’M ABLE to do this and to create a healthier, happier life for me and my family…..and I think of those people who aren’t able to do it even when they WANT to. Being told that everything you know in life has to change is devastating……while we still have LIFE….we have HUGE changes to make - even running with the kids is out of the question you know........ We are thankful every day for what we have
Shaun is trying to stay positive and take this all in stride, as am I…..but we are ANGRY, and we are EMOTIONAL. Each day is a new day and we will learn this new life. Shaun struggles with this being taken from him, BUT, he’s doing what he can, facing some risk in doing so……to embrace his new life. I received this video just before bed last night and was drawn to tears. My man is AMAZING and together we can weather this storm.
When you don’t want to do your workout this week…..can I ask that you think of someone who can’t do it, and push through. Dedicate your workout to them…..Mine are dedicated to my husband xo Love you babe.
This is OUR life.....we will OWN it - TOGETHER!!!
Do it BECAUSE YOU CAN!
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Woman - Wife - Mom, with a passion for health, fitness, and helping others!