High Five Friday & Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day!

Hi friends 🙂

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Yup, it’s Friday!!! High Fives all around for having an awesome work week and an even better weekend coming! So let’s connect with my friend Angela over at Happy Fit Mama and get this party started!!

*5 PICTURES = 5000 WORDS FROM THE WEEK*

  1. THIS! I found this picture yesterday and I really felt that it was so true ❤
  2. Had a nice tempo run last Sunday, and even though I didn’t feel my best it still put a huge SMILE on my face!
  3. So ready for my next race! London 10,000 has one of the prettiest routes through two of the biggest parks of London! Can’t wait for it… Countdown is a little more than a week! Also if you guys want to help out with spinal cord injury research you can donate here on my fundraising page for the race 😀 Every little bit counts!
  4. My first time at the hospital working with spinal cord injured patients! It was an incredible experience and I am grateful that I am getting this opportunity!
  5. Ok, 1 photo = 2 things here (maybe i cheat a little LOL!). This breakfast is a new staple: oats, skim milk, bananas, honey and cinnamon. And yes I do keep all that in my desk food stash… And I absolutely love my new notebook!! It is a new project I’ve been working on called “Daily Gratitude”. After reading about how helpful it is to write down all the things you are grateful for, I decided to give it a try… You know with our lives going so fast – sometimes too fast – I felt like I forget the things that really matter you know? Small victories and happy moments… I ‘ll do a full post about it in a few days and let you know how is it coming along!

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*5 facts about Spinal Cord Injury*

  1. Spinal cord injury primarily affects young adults
  2. 50,000 people live with paralysis in the UK and Ireland
  3. The cost to the nation (UK only) is estimated at £1 billion per annum
  4. There are currently no effective treatments for spinal cord injury
  5. Spinal cord injury can affect anyone at any time

The infographics below show all the info and stats about spinal cord injury for both the USA and the UK. Have a look and you ‘ll be amazed by the numbers…

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Spinal Cord Injuries can happen to anyone at any moment… and there is no treatment for it (yet…) but I promise we are all working as hard as we can to get there. If there is one thing that I learnt from my recent visit to the spinal cord injury unit at the hospital, was that these people are heroes! Everyday heroes! Both the patients and all the staff that works with them. The put in so much effort into being able to gain their life back and be  independent members of this society again… you know one thing that I was told, and it will stay with me for ever? One of the therapists said to me “we can’t fix these people but we will have them ready by the time you guys figure out how to beat this thing!”

If you want to know more about spinal cord injuries you can visit the spinal-research page here.

As for me, yes I am still an idealist when it comes to my work (some people call me a dreamer) 🙂 If my work helps even one person to have a better life, to take the smallest step, move his little finger… It is all worth it! Scientists (in academia) are underpaid and overworked in most places around the world but if you ask any one of us, it’s not about the money. It’s about helping others and trying to make this world a better place in our own way…

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Best,

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PS: to all my Greek runner friends don’t miss our favourite (and only) running TV show tonight, like every Friday at 22:00 (local time)! KEEP RUNNING!

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3 thoughts on “High Five Friday & Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day!

  1. Thanks for the Awareness Reminder – I am SCI and experienced an injury in my late-30’s and learned that I also had a spinal condition from birth that I was not aware of – so a blessing in a way because now I know how to live with it for the rest of my life. Happy Weekend – Enjoy 🙂

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      1. I wish you the best in your pursuit of your career path – certainly need great professionals with passion in that field. I was so lucky to have a great medical team help me with my diagnosis, recovery and just learning to live with it.

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