About me

 

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hello runners!! I’m Gelcys aka cheetah g and I’m a wife, mother runner with a sarcastic sense of humor. A little history on how I got where I am… I’ve been a runner my whole life, but unfortunately I was diagnosed with Scoliosis, which to those who don’t know its a curvature of the spine. I was 14 years old when Doctors found it and I was told I need corrective surgery immediately. I must say for a 14-year-old who has never gotten a scratch this was very intimidating. Worst part was, I was told I could never run again. After spending 14 hours in the operation room it was all over, SUCCESS! My back was corrected now on my way to a long recovery.

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Six months in, getting picked up from school, we got rear ended in a car accident, and requiring emergency surgery due to one of the metal rods put in my spine had come out! Eww yes it hurt…and BAD. Physical therapy for months, another 2 more surgeries and years later I was doing better. Final outcome, I still have severe Scoliosis, had the rods taken out of my back, and have a higher hip on my left and my leg is shorter by 1 inch. I was left with a nasty crooked scar, and forever chronic pains that won’t go away.

After many years and no contact, I met my husband RC who was in my senior classes in HS. But we never hung out or really talked and as soon as we graduated he headed off to the Army. When he got out and came home we hung out with mutual friends where our love story began. After having our son, we decided to move to Central Florida for a change from the south Florida lifestyle, we couldn’t be happier. They are my world and would be lost without them.

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RC aka Alpha and I have always been active, but I always had a problem running after all my surgeries. We then started running, but 200 meters in, I would end up walking and was miles behind him. After several attempts and Doctors appointments they told me I can’t run because my left lung doesn’t have a lot of room due to my spine curving into it, among other physical issues, blah, blah, blah. It broke my heart. After moving to Orlando, I was able to do more outdoor activities. I would walk with my son to the park so he can play.

I always saw several people running, training, staying fit. It motivated me to go after what I really wanted to do in life. I told my husband.  “I wanted to run!!” so he said “I’ll train you.” I got a little nervous since he was the fastest and the squad leader in his running team in the Army.  Little did I know that was going to help me in the end. I started running, from meters to miles, slow and steady. I ended up with some chronic pain that I can’t do anything about because it stems from my Scoliosis. When I see a doctor they tell me I can’t handle running so I shouldn’t try.

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My crooked spine

My crooked spine

I suffer daily from back pain, worse on some days than others, shin splints are common due to my shorter leg, and the hip flexor…gets very irritated. Aside from all the issues I have from running. I learned to never give up and go after my goals. I sometimes have to push myself through the pain, let’s not forget the common runner injuries, because yes, I also have been blessed with those too. But you know what?? I’m a fighter, I learned to push through barriers and walls to make my dreams a reality!!! And now…here I am today…A MARATHONER!!!! I am doing what I never thought I could, so never give up on something you believe in, because if I can do it, ANYONE can!

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I ran my first FULL MARATHON in January(you can read all about my Disney Marathon experience in my posts)!!!I have ran 5Ks, 10Ks, 10 Mile races and a  few half marathons. It is a MAJOR accomplishment and Doctors can’t believe what I have done! My family and friends know me as the one who fights the biggest battles with a large dose of determination and it also has helped to have the support and motivation of my military husband and everyone in my life . So please stop by, share your story and stick around for a great running adventure! I love reading about stories of hard work and success and cant wait to read yours!

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-cheetah g

  1. WOW! love your page. I, to have scoliosis however I was 12 when I was told I would never run again and had the rods placed in my back. I couldn’t wait to prove the doctors wrong. Its great to hear someone else’s story. Thank you for sharing.

    Darla Gleaves
    Lubbock, Texas

  2. Thankyou so much for sharing your story, where you have come and all that you continue to battle through. Today I felt really disheartened after a back injury, I thought I would not be able to continue with my new love of running. I have only been running for the past 7 months. But reading how you have persevered is an inspiration. I will get back out there.

  3. I have scoliosis and I definitely understand the struggle and chronic pain. Like you, I suffer from shin splints and hip issues. Doesn’t stop me though! Thanks for sharing your story :) So inspiring!

  4. Hello! My name is Hannah and I just started a blog about my life living with chronic pain, and running through it! I would be grateful if you would go and check it out and tell everyone you know about it! I’m excited to share my story, spread awareness for chronic illness and inspire others! :)

    runningwithchronicpain.weebly.com

  5. Love this!!! I’m a runner, too. I don’t have this kind of medical background but we (my boys and I) have our own story. I was a marathoner, then my oldest came along with Aspergers/ADHD and life turned on its ear. Another little man came along many years later with Down syndrome and multiple medical problems. Long story short, I’m running again and now am taking over an amazing organization in Georgia called myTEAM TRIUMPH / Angels of Georgia #ourangelsrungeorgia (www.mtt-nwgeorgia.org) and we are trying to get into our first races as an organization! We are a ride along program for challenged athletes (those who can’t run it, whatever the reason or disability). Whatever is out there, you can do. It’s all up to you. I’m very proud of this!!! And you! YOU are my inspiration, as well!

    ~Becca

  6. You’re an inspiration! My definition of a survivor and go getter. I’m new to running. I’ve participated in two 5ks and gave into pain and walked the majority of both. I’m participating in another 5k Sunday and yes I’m nervous. I want to run more. I’m going to read this again the morning of and make a mental note to push through the pain. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful testimony!

  7. Hansel & Petal

    Great story!

  8. Nice pictures and quotes, real inspirational stuff!

  9. You rock – and what an inspiration! I will think of you the next time I feel some silly little pain and want to walk – YOU will keep me going and striving to do better. Thank you for sharing your story.

  10. hey! You a total inspiration! I have a scoliosis as well and undergone 3 surgeries, last one at July, 2013. Today I run for the first time in a 3 years! Thank you for all this advises about proper running and hugs from Moscow, Russia!
    Ana

  11. what a wonderful blog, great story at such a young age. keep up all your good work… I will be following your blog..

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  13. I am so happy to have come across your blog! You are such in inspiration!

  14. Hey there! I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

  15. Love this,So inspiring. My daughter is 14 and in her second year of her Scoliosis.
    She wears a back brace 23 hours a day and has an S Curvature. It has been hard to keep her motivated on fitness but she has a great positive attitude.

  16. wow – what a story! Respect!! Can’t wait to hear more!! Might make me stop feeling sorry for myself. I have been struggling with an injury for a year and a half now which is driving me nuts. It is gone from hamstring to my sciatic nerve – which basically means I get a lot of ass pain when and after I run! Anyway I persevere because like you I love running!! I am frustrated though that I am so slow!! Your blog might help me find some patience!!

    • oh I hope my journey helps motivate you!!! I know how painful sciatic pain can be. But strengthening and stretching the area helps! Feel free to ask me any tips and keep reading my blog for future stretches. =)

  17. I have got Scoliosis, although not nearly as severe as you. I too have a love of Cheetahs (my Desktop is actually the same picture as your header)(I’m not a stalker, just coincidence). I’m looking forward to trying the exercises in your piece about hip flexor problems as I have lower back trouble, especially on one side, due to my curve. In the past I’ve had Chiropractic treatment, which helped for a little while and an osteopath which seemed better. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have rods in your back so I’m thankful that mine is not that severe, and I too find running a must do. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration. I’m currently training for a half marathon in October. I love running despite the aches and pains.

  18. Congrats on your success! If you haven’t already, you might want to try ART (active release therapy) for the trigger points that have probably been activated by some of the runner injuries.

  19. My husband had bad scoliosis curves both directions almost an 80 degree curve at the worst point. Had surgery when he was 24 and is in less pain now but I told him your story and he is so amazed by you as am I. I can’t believe you had to have the rods removed I can’t imagine how painful that was because I know how bad he was when they were put in. I am so excited for you and as a fellow runner I understand the want and will to run. Running is freeing and exhilarating. We test our own limits and we run against ourselves we don’t compete against anyone else. Love your story you are an inspiration.

    • Thank you Kathleen for taking the time to share this with me. I truly appreciate it! Yes I did have them removed but I had also gone through many surgeries before that. But I couldn’t deal with it anymore. I’m still not pain free but I still can run and thats what matters.

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