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March 17, 2013

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

Wow! I've never heard of exercise induced anaphylaxis. How scary! I've had anaphylactic shock from a bee sting so I know how scary it is. I hope you'll be able to get back to running and put your fears aside but remain aware. Best of luck!

Mommyrunfaster

Oh, Michelle... how frustrating. Especially to realize that something most of us take for granted (the power to run our own body) is not guaranteed in your case. You've been dealing with this so well... wow. A different kind of toughness for sure!

Amy @ Writing While Running

Hi. Laura actually pointed me to your page when I was complaining about a recent asthma flare-up I have been dealing with and had to go on steroids after resisting them for so long. It is so frustrating and I cannot imagine what your anaphylaxis condition must be like. Take care of yourself and I know you will rock it in Boston!

Michelle

Sorry to hear about your asthma, Amy - I have a friend who struggles with that a lot in the winter, and I know how incredibly frustrating that is, too. Hope things improve for you with the steroids.

Ang Jordan

Hey Michelle - I don't share your condition but I think I have a sense of how you feel. The thing you learn unequivocally from cancer is that you don't have control of your body; no matter the things you do and eat (or don't), or how much you exercise, that control is ultimately an illusion. There are so many factors that are beyond control. That doesn't mean I don't strive to continue to do what is healthy, and I have come to understand my running as, in part, overcompensation for my cancer. But the unknown is always there, and it is frightening in its potential to hijack you at any moment. And that is, as you say, the challenge that demands a different kind of toughness. I love hearing about your journey to Boston and am rooting for you every step of the way. Best wishes.

G

So glad to found your blog! Your feelings are spot on. I just recently had my first time episode of FT-EIA (with jogging). Wow, what a surprise THAT was. The allergist is a little vague on what really counts as exercise ("I don't know what will happen with your biking . . . hiking . . . canoeing . . . mowing the lawn . . . horseback riding . . . the gym . . . So just don't eat for, like, 6 hours.") And we all know activity without fuel can go poorly. I'm looking forward to the tips and insights you continue to share: Thanks for being open.

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