It’s amazing in itself, even without the backstory: Sirena Dufault, a 35-year-old woman from Tucson, Arizona, is hiking an 800-mile path called the Arizona Trail, start to finish.
What’s inspiring about it for me and thousands of others like me: Sirena has fibromyalgia.
For ten years now, Sirena has been living a life that’s familiar to all of us who’ve received that diagnosis — a life of pain, of medication, of seeking any and all treatments promising relief, of compromises and limitations.
Yet Sirena has undertaken something precious few of us could even begin to consider in our own lives: a massive, difficult physical challenge. And she’s doing it to raise awareness of what we’re forced to live with on a daily basis.
You can follow Sirena’s trip, which she plans to finish up on May 12, National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, here at her blog. You can also read this article about Sirena’s hike for fibro at the Tucson Citizen (free registration required).
I have more to share on Sirena’s inspirational example in tomorrow’s post. Make sure to come back around noon on Friday, May 8th, to read more about movement, FMS, and courage.