“Help Some People Walk Again.”

I’m baaaaaaack 🙂

Life.  The next six weeks are going to be particularly busy, so it’s going to be even more important for me to get back into the bloggy routine and take some time out of the crazy for #findingthehappy.

Wednesday Words!  I am so so proud of the young man in the latest video on this Facebook page, The Hike for Heads.  Tyler is one of my many awesome cousins, and a year and a half ago, he was in a horrific car accident in New Zealand and suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  He has miraculously recovered, and over the past few months he’s been hiking the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) with a couple buddies from Mexico to Canada to raise awareness and money for TBIs.

While his 2,660 mile walk on the PCT has finished, he is continuing on the quest to help those with TBIs.  If you or someone you know has been affected by a TBI, please consider donating money or sharing this initiative to (in Tyler’s words) ‘help some people walk again’ 🙂

The video of Tyler’s message is on their public Facebook page (no need to have a Facebook account to access):  https://www.facebook.com/hike4heads

Click the link above, check out the post from the afternoon of Tues 9/29 that starts with “The 2660 mile journey from Mexico to Canada is now finished! Wow. Honestly, it’s difficult to put into words how I feel.”

Tyler, if you’re reading this, you’re simply amazing.  I’m so proud of all you’ve accomplished and am privileged to call you FAMILY.  See you soon! xoxo

Tyler H4H photo

Cheers!

SMR

Having the Courage to talk about Mental Health.

This week’s Wednesday Words are brought to you by US tennis great Mardy Fish via a website called The Players’ Tribune.  (See the end of this post for more info on this website.)

highly encourage everyone to read his contribution/essay that was released yesterday in which he speaks about his challenges with anxiety, a mental health disorder that affects millions upon millions of people.

READ THIS. NOW:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/mardy-fish-us-open/

The short version is that in the middle of his rise to a top ten player in the world, he started having anxious feelings that grew into full-blown panic attacks.  It culminated with him withdrawing from the US Open in 2012 prior to a match with Roger Federer.  Over the past few years, he has learned to manage his anxiety with a combination of the right treatment, support, education, and conversation, and he’s returned to the US Open this year as a ‘farewell’ of sorts to the game of tennis before he retires.

Kudos to Mardy Fish for having the courage to talk about mental health, a subject that is often avoided because of the feelings it evokes.  I don’t know him and I never will, but I appreciate his openness and his desire to help others through sharing his own story.

Cheers!

SMR

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Taken from the ‘About’ section of The Players’ Tribune website:

Welcome to The Players’ Tribune, a new media platform that presents the voices of professional athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before. Founded by Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and publishes first-person stories directly from athletes. From video to podcasts to player polls and written pieces, The Tribune strives to be “The Voice of the Game.”