Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Victory at the gym

Many of you know that I continue to go to the gym and run. Getting out isn't always easy but I have promised myself that I will do it at least 3 times a week. I run because running has a certain rhythm to it that is comforting. It clears my head and I can literally feel the negativity that loves to creep over me disappear. According to some of the reading I have done exercise is great for staving off depression. I continue to have a love hate relationship with running. I love what it does for my mind and my body but I hate the actual running. Over the last couple of months at the gym I have noticed that there are different types of runners.

The first and most relaxed kind are the readers. These are the individuals that get on the treadmills or more often the elliptical trainers with a magazine or book and then casually move their legs. They are often dressed to impress and carry a certain "I don't have a care in the world" about them. They are usually young!

Then there are the speed walkers. These individuals mean business. With their arms and legs pumping they climb hills and mountains usually while watching the t.v. The look on their faces says "I dare you to get in my way!"

There are also the jumpers. These are the people that seem to bounce on the treadmill. They always seem happy despite the fact that they are working out. I love to watch these people. I wish that I had as much energy as they do.

I have no name for the most graceful of all the runners. They are usually quite tall and wear an ipod, rarely do they watch t.v. They take giant fluid strides as they move along. They almost appear to be moving in slow motion despite the fact that they are normally moving at least 6 miles per hour. They make running look amazingly easy as they barely seem out of breath even though the sweat is running down their faces and necks.

I don't really fall into any of these categories. I do not read, or watch t.v. I am not graceful or bouncy. In fact, I pretty much fight for every step that I take and it often takes me over a mile to find my rhythm despite being on a machine. Today as my lungs started to throb before I had reached the half mile mark(humidity) I did something I have never done on the treadmill before. I prayed for well being and strength. Within a minute the throbbing stopped and the cramp that I had disappeared too. For the first time I ran and I ran and I ran. I had finally found my rhythm. Not graceful, not bouncy but my own style and in the end I ran over 3 miles. That was my goal for the end of summer. Victory!

Love to you all,



  1. Yah for you!! I am so proud of you accomplishing this goal-I am especially impressed as I too HATE running so am always amazed when people can fight through that and do it anyways. I see many of your goals being achieved in the future and am happy to be here, 'by your side', along the way! Love Em

  2. wow good for you kristen ! i also dislike running. i often envy those i see running effortlessly down the street and vow every year around the marathon that someday i will run too ! but alas i am destined to be a walker, a dedicated walker, but a runner i will never be. so congrats on achieving a goal you have set for yourself !


  3. Hooray!!!!

    I always like to 'think' I was a runner in a former life...hee,hee,hee..keeps my 'exercise guilt' away.

    Seriously, though, GOOD FOR YOU!

  4. I love how those moments of release just break through at the right time and you wonder why you were struggling on your own for so long when you could have just asked for help. There is so much blessing in those kinds of victories!

  5. The addiction to the runners high is amazing. Getting to that place makes the run all worth while! Great accomplishment Kristen.

  6. you go girl! Running sucks but serves many in so many ways. I suck at it and don't do it as often as I should but it is my peace... I do use and I-pod it helps with my rythm and I can use the music to help the process what ever it might be that day. Here to you and me getting back on the treadmill 5 days a week when I get back from vacation! Lots of love and good wishes so glad to here you guys had such a good time in Vegas!


  7. Atta girl!! Such a feeling of accomplishment!! I also felt victory after completing 5 miles in the MB Marathon Relay this past June....keep on going at your pace and you'll be running the half marathon next year!!

    Lots of Love