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Long Walk to Freedom

Posted by amber | My Diary | Posted on February 22nd, 2011

Now as some of you might or might not know “Long walk to Freedom” is a autobiographical book by Nelson Mandela. And in a some what connected yet totally unconnected way I went to see the U2 concert on Friday. There are a band who stands for freedom of speech and are politically outspoken.

Anyway Friday I walked a fair distance to go to see the concert. A distance far greater than I am used to. And the concert was superb. Unbelievably loud; the sound vibrated in your chest. The stage and big screen construction was out of this world and really made the experience even more spectacular.

HOWEVER the price I paid for enjoying my “long walk” and “freedom” songs was delivered to me this Monday morning!! Oh my God. My throat felt like someone had dragged it behind a 747 as it was taking off. My body felt like I had done 12 rounds with Mike Tyson. And my head was pounding like I was the drummer for Kiss. Other than that I was fabulous!!!!!!!!!

So I dragged my self off to the doctor. He knows I have CF and he is probably one of the few of his kind that acknowledge that there is such a thing as CFS and treats it. Anyway I got no sympathy here. His diagnoses was that if you do a marathon without training you have to pay the price. And as much as I didn’t want to hear this it is so very true. I constantly forget that in the last almost 3 years I have done no actual exercise other than yoga and a couple of gentle walks. This does not prepare you for a 5 km walk and a two hour concert in which all my senses were assaulted.

And the moral of the story…

Was the walk worth it?

Did the “claw” (the name of the U2 stage construction), get me?

If I only did the walk and the concert, or visa verse, would I still be suffering?

Or maybe I should just understand that what Mandela went through was far worse and longer, yet have you ever seen anyone who looks happier and more content?

5 Responses to “Long Walk to Freedom”

  1. Useful read. Big thanks for that.

  2. Susan says:

    Hey Amber,

    I think it’s excellent that you made the effort to go and, when you’re feeling a bit better, you won’t forget or regret the experience.

    Take care, hope you feel ‘up’ soon!
    Sue XXX

  3. brilliant writing, interesting and proper towards the stage

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