NYMAC Gators Pentathlon – I SURVIVED!

Today I swam in my first meet since 2014, when I received my diagnoses of hemi-facial spasms and cervical dystonia.  It felt so good be surrounded by the energy of excited swimmers, families and familiar faces that I haven’t seen in years.  I forgot how much I really missed it. In this meet each swimmer…

First Flare Up In 8 Months

It has officially been 4 weeks of being botox free (yay!), which feels incredibly different from what I’m used to.  Muscles that were once ‘numbed’ are active again after 3 years in a good way and a bit challenging for me in other ways. At dryland last Sunday, we did a circuit with some pretty neat…

Spasm Free Stress!

Earlier in the month, my neurologist gave me a pat on the back for being able to manage my dystonia symptoms with my holistic approach, focusing on nutrition, managing stress levels, as well as going to physiotherapy, and massage therapy.  We decided that I would not get my botox injections and I was to continue…

1,000 Laps of Love Milestone!!

What a wonderful day for Laps of Love, I hit the 1,000 lap milestone this morning! I can’t even begin to share the excitement and happiness I feel inside.  When I first started this fundraiser, I was told that the laps goal was so ambitious, it maybe too much for me to do.  None the…

Feeling Great & up to 694 Laps

What an awesome practice this morning! I was feeling good when I woke up, but that didn’t compare as to how I felt after practise and swimming 2,350m (that’s 94 laps!) After my swim on Sunday I made an appointment with my physiotherapist for this week.  I had some work done on my arm, neck…

First donation = 250 laps

I am so grateful for the very first donation towards the Laps of Love – Swim For Dystonia campaign!  Here’s a short video of the first 80 laps of 250, swam Friday October 13th! Please share, donate,  ​follow my Facebook page and Instagram page! Thank you for the support! #swim4dystonia #lapsofloveca #dystoniamovesme ​See you in…

MSO Swim Meet Dates

Practices are well underway and so are the swim meet dates!  With the changes happening in the swim community, some of these meets are still awaiting sanctioning numbers, so I will have to update the post as the meets become sanctioned. I hope to see you out at the meets to cheer me on and…

It’s A Go!

Today I had a meeting with the City of Burlington to discuss the Laps of Love – Swim for Dystonia fundraiser.  It is with great excitement and pleasure that I am able to share with you that on Saturday, September 8, 2018 the Laps of Love – Swim for Dystonia will be held!!  What a…

Working Out & Having Fun

I just had to share how amped I am that I completed today’s dryland training. I haven’t done any weight training or circuit training since even before my diagnosis.  In fact, the last time I did anything of the sort, I was still in high school working out with my brothers.  Immediately my mind began…

The Body Doesn’t Create The Mind, The Mind Creates The Body.

Like plenty of people out there, my life can be incredibly chaotic at times and the only place I want to be is under the water. It’s the one place I know I can be alone with my thoughts and my emotions, free from distractions.  There are many articles out there (science based and otherwise)…