Living what was her full, happy life, Marcia Moran, was a business woman and runner— until the day her life would never be the same.

Marcia during Zoom interview

​After a stroke, she had aphasia, a communication disorder. According to the National Aphasia Association, if not cured by the second or third month of recovery, it is almost impossible to overcome. She nearly conquered it three-and-a-half-years post-stroke, proving that you can sometimes find a different answer to your particular problem if you continue to search. 

“Insurance for therapy was gone. She still wasn’t whole. She had to find her own way. “

People run for various reasons, but those who identify as runners, do it for specific reasons. It becomes who you are. To quote Eric Liddell in Chariot’s of Fire, ‘I run because God made me fast, and when I run, I feel God’s pleasure.’ Okay, it may be some of the happy brain chemicals called endorphins, but I think there is more to it. The joy of being free in nature and having a sense of community.

Marcia was motivated to heal because she set a goal in mind and didn’t give up for three years. She gave herself a goal of running a 5k on an anniversary of her stroke date. That goal didn’t happen the way she expected, but it motivated her to heal.

Now, she would like to help others find recovery and hope in their “new” life and journey.

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