Wow, what a day.  This day began with my heart filled with fear and anxiety. It ended with my heart full and overflowing. I am a very honored and humbled....and tired me.  Yesterday and today every fiber of my being wanted to flee.  I found out my colleagues were planning an elaborate send off for me involving health directors, medical directors, tribal chief, Cherokee Nation Marshal escorts, etc.  As many of you know I am headed to Leadville for the Leadville trail 100 race next Saturday.  It is also my 10 year anniversary working for The Cherokee Nation as a nurse practitioner. What started off to be a simple little send off and congrats for 10 years service, turned into professional pictures, interviews with media and talk of posters and billboards promoting a "healthy Cherokee Nation" and me running alongside 2 Cherokee Nation Marshal Services units.  Shit, my heart is racing just thinking about it now!  What you see in the picture is our medical director presenting me with a quilt followed by a prayer for me spoken in Cherokee. My colleagues and family were all there with their "Team Enlow" shirts proudly displayed. I am proud to be called Cherokee and proud to serve a strong tribe, a tribe that has survived, adapted, and prospered. I plan to do the same at Leadville.

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Comment by Lori Enlow on August 11, 2012 at 11:04am
Thank you! I'm sitting here off of I-70....the never ending I-70 getting some chow and looking forward to the adventure ahead! It has been a humbling experience. The support, love and "good vibes" mean more to me than u can imagine. Thank you.
Comment by Melinda on August 11, 2012 at 10:52am
When I read your post aloud to my family, I got choked up. Sending so many good vibes your way. I can picture you at the finish, healthy and whole. You are an inspiration to me.

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