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Post by twal on Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:51 pm

Let me share with you Jen’s story.

I first met her as one of my students at Wilkes Univ. about 20 years ago. She was a tall, attractive girl with long hair and was “model of the week” in our local newspaper after she finished college. She worked in a local environmental lab.

She was a prolific runner, competing at any distance from the mile up to ultra-marathon trail runs. She was one of the top women runners in our area and had completed 15 marathons and numerous ultras. She especially liked long trail runs and lived near some of the best trails in our area. She was a runner’s runner.

She was tough. During one triathlon, a careless hunter shot her in the head with a shotgun blast. She finished the race, even thought she had shotgun pellets lodged in her ear canal.

Three weeks ago she ran a very tough ultra-trail run in the mountains. Last Saturday, she ran in a hilly 5K as was seventh overall (second woman). She did her usual 3 mi warm-up and warm-down.

She didn’t feel well that evening and went to the hospital where she died from a heart attack. It had something to do with plaque. We’re all in shock. She was 38.

You just never know.  Hug somebody you love today.

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:25 pm

That is so tragic Tom. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend but thank you for sharing... Even after what most of us have been through we still sometimes need to be reminded that every day is a gift.

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Post by Marc Thayer on Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:19 pm

Many of us fall into the myth that by being active...be it running, biking, swimming...walking, that we have "bought" some immunity to the scourge of heart disease.

Ain't necessarily so.

I'm lucky to have had a occupational health physician that noticed a 'murmur' and had the persistence to get my skeptical butt to see a cardiologist. (My GP didn't think it was much of a murmur..whatever that means). The end game of that is I am fairly well monitored for cardiac conditions...unlike the general population.

Lets not fritter away this gift we've been given.
Train well.... have fun... be thankful.

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Post by Sumorunner on Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:19 pm

Something similar happened to me on my 39th b'day working out at an indoor track, some placque flicked off and lodged in the brain. Had a stroke. Coudn't speak for several hours, spent 4 days in hosp. No long lasting effects for me though. Sometimes it gets you, sometimes not. I was lucky.

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Post by Rachel August on Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:44 am

Tom, so very sorry to hear about your friend, that is a tragic story. As others here have said, you just never know.

Since my surgery I have kept these two concepts firmly in my mind:

There are no guarantees – and – life is precious.

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Re: Jen's story

Post by trishb on Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:27 pm

Very sad.

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Post by kcy1998 on Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:45 pm

It is amazing how cardiac issues do not discriminate between active and non active individuals. What is not known is how the active life style might have delayed the onset of the cardiac issue. The story of Tom's friend is sad. It enforces the sentiments that many have echoed within this thread. There are no guarantees.
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Post by kodi30 on Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:16 pm

Tom, thanks for sharing. The story ran chills up my spine. Sorry for the loss in your community.

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