Tuesday, November 9, 2010 arrived with a clear early morning that promised to become a chilly, sunny, and typically autumn day. I zipped my coat, buckled my helmet strap, unlocked my bike, and headed off to work. A few minutes later, a garbage truck crossed a bike lane to make a right turn. I was in that bike lane. The tires of the truck crushed my left leg and caused other internal injuries. An amazing team of trauma surgeons saved my life, but they had to amputate my leg to do so.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Confucius.

In July 2011, I set off to walk a thousand miles as an above-knee amputee in my new prosthesis. The journey has held more twists, turns, and detours than I ever imagined.

I reached Mile 1000 on March 30, 2013.

But of course, that wasn't the end.

I'll keep walking!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

SKATE WITH ME...


Three words I wondered if I'd ever say again.

Still got 30 miles to go, but what the heck -- I can't wait any longer!

With these last 2 years behind me, it's a thrill to just STAND UP on my skates.

Step by step -- like everything else -- I've slowly progressed from hanging in a harness, to playing in a parking lot, to dodging toddlers in a roller rink.  

The work's been hard and exhausting, but also FUN -- for all involved, I hope!

I'm not yet road worthy.   In fact, I can't even skate and talk at the same time!  (Landskater pals, that's probably hard for you to believe...)  

But I also can't think of a better way to celebrate the "end" of this journey!

So save the date... one month from now...


CELEBRATE 1000 MILES WITH ME!
Please join me for a rollerskating party!  (yes, really!)

Sunday, April 7, 2013
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cherry Hill Skating Center
664 Deer Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Skate, blade, or just come out and celebrate!    R.S.V.P. by e-mail (my1000miles@gmail.com) or comment below so I can put your name on the guest list.

And, as always, thanks for cheering me on EVERY STEP of the way!

Check out this video of my SK8 outtakes...  Maybe a new beginning??
Click here to view this video

11 comments:

  1. Momlev & Dadlev are in, the skaters that we are!

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  2. Me too! Looking good, Rebecca!

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  3. Wouldn't miss it! Great video; although at times it looks like you are coaching me.

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  4. Definitely will make this one! What a woman! Way to go!

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  5. What fun it will be. It's on my calebdar! I see this as new beginning and not the end of a journey.

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  6. Sarah has announced that she would not miss this for the world! Quite possibly part of her thinking is that if I put on skates, it might be funny. Regardless, we are so happy for you to reach this goal!

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    1. Jon and I are both in. What an accomplishment - congrats! Loved the video, especially the part where you were gaining on Rocco! :)

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  7. Looking forward to celebrating your accomplishments, Rebecca, and to hearing what you've got planned next! See you then!!!

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  8. Hey Rebecca! Jaime and I look forward to celebrating this milestone with you. I'll bring extra shells!
    Ruth

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  9. You are an inspiration to all...I will be honored to celebrate and skate with you!

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  10. I'm planning on being there, looking forward to it!

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