Smart Health Challenge Week 20: Progress
overshadowed by sadness

Haley, center, was a beloved member of Jess’s family.

Last week, Jess Reed wrote about returning to the gym.

This week, she is excited about being pain-free, but has to deal with a big loss.

Read on:

Last week was a good week, as far as my back was concerned.

I was able to make it to the gym three times to get in a good workout. This is truly the first time I have been pain-free since I hurt my back.

I am ready to get back to the rigorous workouts I was doing before, but Mindy keeps reminding me that I still have degenerating disks; I can’t just start doing the same workouts I did before. I need to strengthen my back more.

While I am so pleased about my recovery, I feel it has all been overshadowed by the fact that my dog’s health was going downhill fast.

I lost my best friend on Monday. She was an 11-year-old Golden Retriever named Haley who has had a piece of my heart since the day that I met her. She has been a part of every memory. She helped my children learn to walk by allowing them to hold onto her fur as she walked around the room with them.

She never left my side while I was undergoing chemo for my cancer; with her in my life I was never alone. I sat with her yesterday afternoon and made one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make: I had to end her suffering. The last of many tears were shed while I hugged her around her neck at 4 p.m., before my husband and I had to leave her.

She took that piece of my heart with her kind heart and gentle soul yesterday. Rest in peace, my love.

April Trotter

Editor of Smart. NEPA transplant. Penn State and Shippensburg grad. Kickball and craft beer enthusiast. Collector of cardigans. "Bennie and the Jets" fanatic. Contact me at, at "Smart magazine" on Facebook, @SmartMagPA on Twitter or by phone at 717-771-2030.

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  1. August 27, 2012

    […] Smart Health Challenge Week 21: Separating food from feelings Posted on August 27, 2012 by April Trotter TweetLast week, Jess Reed wrote about dealing with the loss of her family dog. […]

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