I shared how Mother Nature reminded me of my father. We used to herd sheep and tend to our livestock together as a family, but after my father passed away, I no longer wanted to be outdoors.
But on this day, I was happy to be out hiking with our group. I was surprised how therapeutic it was for me. I finally accepted my father’s death and I vowed to exercise with my family.
Now, I participate in most of the events by Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project to better my life with my family. I attend the walks, runs, hikes, cooking-demonstration classes, softball tournaments, and other activities. I have lost over 15 pounds, and now, I cook only from the vegan diet recipes. My family has more energy; and they run every morning and we pray together. I love the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project for being a part of my healing process.
My teenage daughter is grateful that I came back to the family. I didn’t know it was affecting my family that much. She is very thankful that we went on that hike, and she says, it gave me back to them.