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Conquering Control Issues at the Canyon

Sep 3

Posted by: ACHA
9/3/2013 12:10 PM  RssIcon

By Kim Edgren

A few weeks ago I went to Purgatory Chasm for a hike with my sister and her family. One thing I love about my current state of “heart healthy” is doing things like this—being out in nature, enjoying the elements. As we walked, we talked about going to the Grand Canyon. I am all for the concept of visiting the canyon, just not so much a mule ride.

So I spent the rest of the hike adamantly proclaiming I could hike down the canyon (no, I am not so naive to think I can hike up—still working out that plan!). Now, mind you, I know I am a heart patient, but still, I am all for the hike down one of the seven natural wonders of the world!

Last night, at dinner, we did a revisit of the Grand Canyon conversation with our good friends and again, my plan to walk down over riding a mule. Through the course of the talk I was willing to admit two things: First, my fear of the mule ride is nothing more than my fear of being out of control. I like control over things I can and that has a lot to do with the little control I have over my health. Yes, I can and do everything I can to stay “heart healthy,” but that may not always be enough. And that is scary!

The second thing I can admit is this: I feel great. I can do things I could not do two years ago. But that can last a long time or a short time. I want to do what I can, while I can. And, right now, there is no reason why I can’t hike to the bottom of a canyon!

If we can put together the trip, Grand Canyon, here I come! And, I guess I will have to conquer my control issues at the same time with that mule ride out!

Kim Edgren was born in 1966 with transposition of the great arteries, pulmonary stenosis and ventricular septal defect. She recently became the proud owner of a Melody valve! When she is not trying her hand at writing she is busy spending time with her partner and three girls, managing her two child care centers and planning her next vacation.

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Re: Conquering Control Issues at the Canyon

Just remember to take LOTS of water.
Although I also feel really great, no way would I even walk down.
Don't think I'd ride the mule, either.
Have fun!
Connie

By Connie on   9/4/2013 8:36 AM
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Re: Conquering Control Issues at the Canyon

As the sister who started this conversation and one who has taken the mules down, I suggest a rafting trip! The mules can cause any normal heart to skip a beat or two when they hang their head over the trail. Not to mention the hours in the saddle. Hiking down is hard work in very hot, very dry conditions. A boat where they pack your food and wine, carry your gear and set up your tent, allowing you to hike various parts of the canyon on your time is the way to go! Just saying, if you want to go let's not use the evac helicopter!!

By Penni on   9/4/2013 11:46 AM

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