Okay, friendly friends of mine, I need your help and/or advice. I ask because I don’t always have the best judgment; I mean really, who does? So at times I need a good sounding board. Enter YOU.
I am currently feeling a huge urge to walk. I don’t want to walk around the block or through the woods on a trail. I’m thinking from Chapel Hill, North Carolina to say Aberdeen, Washington – 3030 miles as the crow flies, or as the lesbian walks.
And I’m thinking of doing it for Cystic Fibrosis, to raise awareness of this little known disease. Do you guys know what it is exactly? Well, my little 6-year old grandson has it and before that, I could spell it but really didn’t know what it was or what it did to your body. If he doesn’t exercise and remain active, it solidifies his lungs, like cement would basically. So he takes a breathing treatment every night, where he has to blow hard enough to make his chest rattle. And he has to swallow two huge pills before anything he eats and even if he just ate an hour ago, he has to take two more pills. He also takes about 5 or 6 pills every morning, plus a measured amount of a powder in a PediaSure drink. And for whatever reason, he also must eat at least 3,000 calories a day, just to maintain his super skinny figure. That is what I know, what I lived through with him for those two weeks – what he lives with every day of his life.
So what do you guys think? I need feedback, ideas, concerns. Of course my girlfriend thinks I’m crazy and refuses to come with me. Doesn’t want to contemplate where her next meal might come from or if we might have to sleep on the ground. I am taking no money with me, just a tent, a change of clothing and shoes. I am going to depend on the kindness of strangers and/or the validity of the barter system. Hey, if I did some kind of chore for you, you’d feed me dinner, wouldn’t you?
Of course I called the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation yesterday and they’re excited with me, and a nice lady is going to meet with me the first week in August to brainstorm ideas on how to keep me safe during my trip, etc.
Does anybody out there know how I might get sponsors, how to go about such things, etc.? I’m not a limelight kind of gal so this will be a challenge for me. Also I’m not exactly in great health. Diabetes is a constant thing, as is my blood pressure, although I feel I have both adequately controlled at the moment.
My daughter thinks I’ll get killed by bears. My girlfriend thinks I’ll die of a heart attack on the side of the road. I think I’ll just cry myself to sleep each night with blisters and/or sunburn, but I do think I’ll make it, probably take me a year and a half, maybe longer, but I think I’ll make it.
Suggestions? Ideas? Concerns? Thoughts? Don’t leave me hanging here, I need you guys.