Accomplishing More Together

“I may be in my 80s, but I’m really onto things about the environment and now regenerative ag – the Community Foundation opened that door in my mind.”

Dear TRENDS Diary -

I’m a 45-year-old, married father of two. I go on long bike rides almost every day from our Boulder home. Lots of my friends are curious how someone as healthy as me got COVID, and why it lasted so long. My wife and I and our kids were careful. Yet, I’m the one who got sick.

Truth is, I have no idea how I got it. But I got it all right.

It started with a 103-degree fever that wouldn’t break. Then it turned into a shortness of breath. In all, I had a pretty severe case for almost two months.

I realized at some point that I wasn’t going to get better anytime soon. Now, more than 200 days later, I’m 98% back to normal, but I still experience tightness in my chest, which is disconcerting. I’ve realized I need to treat this like I’m in physical therapy.

If it weren’t for my incredible wife who was able to take over, care for our kids, and bring me food as I convalesced upstairs, I don’t know how I would have gotten through it. I really think about people going through this who don’t have such support. That would be really, really hard.

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