ADULTING WITH FASD
Running has been an integral part of my life since I was 12 years old. I am now 41. If someone were to come up to me and ask me, "Why? Why do you Run? Why do you push yourself until you are out of breath, sweaty, and your muscles and joints feel like they are about to come unhinged," my answer would be, "Because it regulates my body." I can see the look of confusion and doubt crawl over their face. Just run with me for a bit. I will explain before the end of this blog.
Now don't get me wrong. I don't know anyone who LOVES feeling the pain and the extreme exhaustion after a run. It is DURING the run though. I feel the exhaustion creeping in, but somehow it rallies me. I push through, and I finish. The feeling after, for hours after, is so worth it. My adrenaline kicks in, and stays in me for an hour or so. I feel giddy, and happy with myself. After the adrenaline wears off, my nerves calm down, but I remain calm, and my attitude towards the stressors of life mimics my nerves. Running helps regulate my body, both physically and mentally. Everyone reaps the benefits, not just me. Just ask my family. "Zen Mommy" is a welcome mommy. For me, having an FASD means my brain is constantly thinking when the kids piano lessons are, what clothes have to be washed, how many tasks I have left at work, when is the last time the dog went out, and why is there is a cool breeze coming from the floor? All of these thoughts are intermingled into one another, and sometimes I get mixed messages. Sometimes I may wonder when the last time is the dog had piano lessons, and what tasks have to be washed. Running calms my brain, and settles these thoughts to fire slower, one at a time. Running is MY BODY's REGULATION. I ask you parents/guardians, and those with an FASD, what are ways you regulate your body?
I understand the importance of finding techniques to regulate one's body with an FASD. I had a dream a couple years ago, pre Covid, to create a Walk/Run for FASD. I looked into the logistics, and it was a bit pricey, and too overwhelming to take on my own. So, enter the Covid Era, and Virtual Races took off. Literally and figuratively. During an interview on FASD HOPE's Podcast in January 2021, I was asked what dreams I had in the next 5 years. I said I wanted to create a 5k for FASD. Well, my dream has come true. With the help of my friend Jennifer Wisdahl at NOFAS, and Natalie Vecchione at FASDHOPE, this Virtual 5k WALK/RUN is happening. My husband coined its name: RunFASD. Check out the details below, and sign up to raise awareness of FASD. Join us September 9-15, 2021 for RunFASD, and feel what it feels like when we with FASD REGULATE OUR BODIES.
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I am an adult living with aFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As an adult with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I am constantly searching for sites that share in my quirkiness, and answer my questions i have about adults living on the spectrum. Take a peek at my blogs! They describe daily quirks, and ideas for parents, educators, children and adults living with FASDs.