(Speech I gave at the 1st Annual Fight the Flame 5k)
Good Morning! Y’all warmed up?
My name is Kim Durham and I’m gonna share just a little bit of my story with ya. I’ll be quick so you can get started and get the blood pumping.
On Sept 9th, 2009 around 11:45am, a loaded trailer axle was dropped onto my left foot, hitting the big toe, with full force and an approximate weight of 250lbs.
After numerous doctor visits and my foot getting worse over the next month or so, I was diagnosed with RSD.
This wasn’t the first time I’d heard this unfortunately.
I knew of the struggle ahead, but was only familiar with it in an upper extremity. The first time I heard those words, was in 1998, with a location in my right wrist.
When hearing I had RSD in my toe and foot, I collapsed; this was my foot, my mobility!
Today, I don’t wanna focus on all that. One of the biggest problems with pain, is self pity and that’s not what I’m about.
I’m here to tell you that you aren’t living with RSD… It’s living with YOU!
Your mindset is critical in letting it know who’s in control.
When you hear as I did, that you may not walk again, you’ll never dance again; those things are only empowered if you allow it.
Yes, you may have to do things differently… But you can certainly still do what you love.
Feed your strengths; make the dystrophy weak. Rest when you need to. Speak positive. Smile even when you don’t feel like it, and laugh every chance you get.
Don’t complain as often, or at all. Let’s face it, nobody wants to be around someone who complains all the time. And if you complain enough, you’ll begin to believe what you speak.
I’m a true believer that if you speak it into existence it will be. So speak the best for yourself, and your loved ones suffering from RSD.
Keep fighting, and no matter what… NEVER, give up!
With more awareness, education, and support, we can beat this together!