The marathon of life

I knew I had to prepare emotionally, physically and practically.

By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
December 19, 2018 20:32
The marathon of life

BEFORE SURGERY: Prepare. This is a marathon.. (photo credit: TNS)

 
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A few months ago I decided I’d train for a marathon. I knew it would be challenging, but as a psychologist, denial had been part of my game plan. I’d been debating this for years – Should I or shouldn’t I? “Too young, better to wait until older,” I’d been told for years. A friend asked, “Don’t you want that quality of life now, instead of waiting until you’re older?” I sure did. Why suffer now, if I don’t have to?

So, having made up my mind, I was scheduled for a total knee replacement. If this was going to be like a marathon (never having run one!), I knew I had to prepare emotionally, physically and practically. While the Magazine lately has had so many columns dealing with stories of ill health, I hope this will be an inspiration to those striving for “well-being,” as were my breast cancer columns back in 2014.

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