By Kaity Cash, Philanthropy Committee Chair
The journey started as I walked through the human tunnel from the multi-sport complex to the Bryce Jordan Center. I traveled through a sea of color and hundreds, if not thousands, of smiling faces, high fives and hugs. There were about one million thoughts and feelings running through my head as I walked toward THON 2014. I was happy, anxious, nervous, excited and entirely overwhelmed.
After being chosen to dance in THON for PRSSA, I knew that THON 2014 would be different than any other, but I never realized the effect it would actually have on me. I had always thought THON had changed my life forever – that it had given me a family and a home away from home – and it had, but so much more than I ever even realized. It’s hard to put into words what I felt and learned THON weekend. However, what I can say is that I learned more about myself than anything else.
I was doing well until Saturday night. This is when I began to get excruciating foot pain – the worst pain I had ever felt in my life. I didn’t know how to get through it. I had never been in a situation like this before. I tried everything from massages and Bengay to new shoes and insoles, but what I realized after hours of pain and ice baths and shoes lined in bubble wrap was that pain is mental. I told myself that I had to remain optimistic, I had to remember why I was here and why I was dancing and I had to keep fighting.