23 Jul

When it comes to having dystonia, one of the most important elements to have is a solid support system.  My dystonia wellness team is built with a scope of people including a neurologist, a naturopath, a chiropractor, a physiotherapist, a message therapist and my dystonia support group.  However, there is a group of people in my life who believe in me, help care for me on many levels, and love me unconditionally that without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.  My family.

They’ve seen me at my worst and at my best, so it should really be no surprise that when I sat down to do some number crunching on how many laps of I have left to swim in approximately 50 days that Ryan, Syra and Sophia all stepped up to the plate and said “We can do this”.  Being out of the pool for 20 weeks really set me back not only physically but mentally too.  I knew I wanted to swim, I knew I needed to swim, but I was so intimidated and with the crew behind me, I knew I could do this.

This weekend, Ryan stepped out of his comfort zone and joined me at the Flamborough YMCA pool and instead of counting my laps, he counted his.  In the hour we were there, Ryan swam 27 laps!! I couldn’t be prouder of my man.  In total we swam 91 laps towards of the outstanding 6,000 needed. But that wasn’t all…

On Sunday, the girls wanted to get their goggles wet and they joined us in the pool!! While I worked on steadily building my laps, Ryan and the girls swam another combined 45 laps in the lane beside me.

The weekend total: 184 laps which now brings my lap total to 4,184!

I can say with a full heart that seeing my family swim along side me truly fuelled each of my laps this weekend.

See you in the pool,



Sumbul Zafar

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