Ever wonder who’s standing next to you in your corral at the start line, or cheering you on when you’re about to give up during a race? As runners we all have a story, a motivation to run whether it’s a personal challenge, to stay fit, bond with friends, raise money for charity, or work through a difficult time.
On December 25th, 2012, Kimberly, her husband and two sons were driving home from Christmas dinner with their family, when a suddenly a car lost control and slammed into them. Although Kimberly doesn’t recall much of the accident, she remembers having trouble breathing and trying to keep her children calm while they were waiting for paramedics to arrive.
At Baylor Hospital, doctors accessed that they would both need surgery. Her son had a tear in his mesentery, and Kimberly a lacerated spleen. Kimberly awoke in the ICU recovering from a broken toe, badly bruised knees (that are still bruised to this day), and a 9 inch incision on her chest. As soon as she was released, the first stop was to visit her son, who was still recovering from 2 ankle surgeries and a torn mesentery. “I broke down in tears at the sight of him…”
The real work started they returned home. Kimberly had difficulty eating, which landed her back in the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with a bowel obstruction. Her son also struggled, and was confined to a wheelchair for months. Once her son was cleared to play basketball again, she made it her goal to get back on the treadmill. “He taught me so much, about determination and the curve ball life can throw at you. I have always been a runner… it is something that defines me.”
Just last month while coaching a 5th grade girls basketball practice, Kimberly experienced pain so intense, she could barely stand, squat, or sit. At Baylor Hospital, a CT scan showed an obstruction in her intestines and she was required to get immediate surgery to remove it.
Kimberly still plans on doing the race, just not at the pace she was hoping. “Now, I am even more determined than ever!! This race is just too important to my mental and spiritual growth right now…no sense in turning back”
Less than a month after being hospitalized for a second time, Kimberly will be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon on March 23rd. “So, here I am today… so grateful for being alive, having my family healed (for the most part).”
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