Finish Strong

People often asked me about the meaning of my Finish Strong tattoo. Here is the meaning behind the tattoo.

I first started using the phrase Finish Strong, during my running days. I was never a fast runner, but I could run for hours. I truly believe that was a gift from God. I ran two miles several months after having open-heart surgery to remove a nasty tumor. I had not run in almost 20 years. Based on my health issues, there were a lot of times I was not physically able to train for my marathons. I would go weeks without running. But God always gave me the strength and endurance to complete the marathons I had signed up for. God gave me the strength to run a 1,000 miles in 2008, even as my body was starting to betray me. During each of my runs I would pray and asked God to help me finish strong. Those prayers helped me so much during my marathon days. At the end of my running days when my body was starting to fail me, I could physically, mentally and emotionally feel God giving me the strength to finish strong.

As I travel this crazy/beautiful health journey, I still hear God encouraging me to finish strong. When my feeding tube is acting up at 2am, I hear God whispering finish strong. When I am going through medical test/surgeries, I hear God whispering finish strong. When my body feels weaker, I hear God whispering finish strong. God has put it on my heart to pray for others to finish strong. As I continue to run this crazy/beautiful journey, I am determined to finish strong. I encourage you to do the same. ~OC

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