Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart
We are poised to leave our footprints on the moon. We will reach our destination but will we have accomplished all that we set out to do? We wanted to take steps to reach the moon but to also get people moving and raise awareness for AS. I think we have accomplished that. I know I talked to people I probably wouldn’t have about it by simply looking for a good quality pedometer. Also, I know there are some people who noticed my barrage of status updates recruiting Rockin’ Weebles who stopped me on the street and said “what is that all about?” I think the question remains….Where do we go from here?
I want to keep going and I encourage you to do the same. We have a built in support system with our teams and our contacts from the walk, so try and keep moving and keep getting the word out! The more we talk about it the more awareness we bring. I have heard there have been some tv commercials about AS but I have yet to see them. I have seen them for psoriasis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and so many others but not one mention of this autoimmune arthritis that I and so many others have. So I ask you to keep going, to keep moving, to keep getting the word out. Carry on, and maybe by the time we start our walk again next year you will have progressed to more steps and you will have enlightened that many more people.
I am going to keep going, and I will continue to record my steps. I will keep the Rockin’ Weebles rockin’ along and if any of them or any of you wishes to continue to count your steps along with me feel free. We don’t have to report them weekly – monthly perhaps, just to hold each other accountable. Share your photos, your anecdotes your thoughts with us, your team, and your support system and let us know how things are going because we’re in this together and there is no telling what we can accomplish.
Heather Stewart was a state champion baton twirler and champion dancer. During graduate school she started experiencing chronic pain & fatigue but even with a family history of AS, she was told people of color could not have AS. After seeing her grandfather’s Rheumatologist she was finally diagnosed. Heather channels her active mind with floral arrangement, crocheting, scrapbooking, volunteering, singing in a barbershop chorus, reading, spending time with family, playing with her dogs and quilting. Heather Stewart is the author/coach for our Musical Motivation Monday blog.
Heather is one of our Walk Ambassadors & Team Captain of The Rockin’ Weebles!