For the June 10 Walk for Arthritis I coordinated a team comprised of my son, my daughter, my nephew, a good friend and myself. We called ourselves Amanda’s Braves in recognition of how brave my daughter has been in dealing with Juvenile Arthritis.
We were thrilled when our team received the award for the top fundraising team in the region. Amanda was not feeling great when she woke up the morning of the Walk but she was able to complete the first kilometer of the Walk. Seeing her able to participate in the Walk was the real reward for the day.
Amanda has come so far since starting her arthritis treatments a couple months ago. Tracy Mann
My greatest milestone over the past year has been losing 100lbs. Why?
I did it for my family, especially my two boys. Since the birth of my second child, I had no patience, and no energy. They would want me to do activities with them, but I always had an excuse as to why I couldn't. I have always stressed the importance of exercise and physical education to my children, but I was no role model. Why would they listen to me?
Then one day it all clicked for me. I wanted to eat healthy, exercise, and work towards a healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle that would make me feel great, and one that would work for my family. It was a lot of work, but i did it!! With my family constantly on my mind, I was able to lose the weight. Now i am continuing to work at upholding the lifestyle i have always wanted.
I feel great. I love all of the compliments I get, and I am happy when people tell me that I inspire them to work out. Me!!!
My proudest moment throughout my journey was when my children presented me with a lego figure of a women dressed in workout clothes, holding a boom box. My oldest said "this is you mom in bootcamp." I did it!! I finally became the role model I have always wanted to be for my children. My children know I love them very much, but now they know I have added years to our time together. Lora Feltham
My Milestone begins with my journey as a single mother and survivor of domestic violence. I know that it isn't an easy topic to talk about, but it is one that is all too familiar with many people of the world, especially women. I have three amazing children and we are a team. We have survived so much together and it has made us stronger and better people. I am truly blessed with the support and love of my children. Together we have rebuilt our lives and now live in peace and harmony.
I recently went back to school and am graduating on June 13 from Event Management at Conestoga College. After being out of school for almost 30 years, it was a rather daunting experience to go back. My children were there every step of the way for me, as they always have been. Their words of support and encouragement kept me going. It was hard, doing a post-graduate degree program,considering I had never been to university. I got into the program due to my work experience and extensive volunteer experience. There were so many reports, presentations and late nights at the computer doing research. I did it, but not without my children's love and sometimes guidance too! I have learned so much from them, kind of role reversal, but amazing just the same! The looks on their faces of pride when I told them I got 95% on a report, or 100% on my exams... that made all the hard work, so worth it! Just to know that I was making a difference in my life to then make a difference in theirs. One day at a time, one more exam, it all was just one more step.
My children are my life and I am so very proud of them, they helped make me the mother I am today, and going back to school helped me grow to be the woman I am now. I am glad I took that step, I love my new career. My life is wonderful, and all it took was one step at a time, one Milestone at a time...Shauna S.
I have had many milestones on my life's journey. Some have been material others have been personal goals. The milestones that stand out the most for me involve family. Becoming a mother many years ago was one of them. In more recent years I became a grandmother. I have a lovely granddaughter and a sweet grandson who truly light up my life. Fran Drew
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When did he get so big? When we first moved into the house, he was under a year old, and used to use a little push-cart to help him walk. Once, Dad opened the fridge, and he just walked right underneath it - the bottom of the fridge door (you can see it in this photo, it's now near his elbow, just to the right of him) didn't even graze his head. Now, he's over 3 years old, and he's so big!!
Finding a milestone in every day is a great way to live. From the seemingly 'small' things like successfully completing a household chore that I've been ignoring for too long, to rejoicing in the first independent steps that my 7 year-old nephew with Cerebral Palsy took a few months ago, every day is worth celebrating. This year, my husband, Bradley and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. That will be one of our 'major milestones' that we recognize this year; but I know that there will be countless other achievements, big and not-so-big, that will bring happiness into our lives. When I sent this link to my family, my Mom replied by suggesting that we should all continue to share with our families and friends "the big moments AND those little steps that are the beginning of something larger for our 'scrapbook' memories through the years". I am thankful to you, Susan, for suggesting this wonderful idea ... and for our friendship being part of a very special milestone in my life. Pam Cook
I remember when I took my very first vacation abroad. It was September 20, 1980. I was met by my Aunty Margaret at Toronto Pearson International Airport. I hadn't seen her in eleven year and was so excited to see her again. I couldn't wait to begin my holiday. As we made that long drive up Niagara Falls, we talked about the family back home and all the many things that we would do on my vacation. When we finally got to my Aunty Margaret's house, she put on the kettle to make tea; she then took off her wig and tossed it onto a chair, took two cups out of the cupboard and continued to make tea. She never missed a beat. Just like that, her illness was out in the open. It was just the way she liked it. As for the rest of my trip, she gave me one of my best milestones, the memories of a jam-packed vacation, but most of all, her time.
Karen Hinnigan - April 25, 2012.