There is something about confronting serious illness that transforms you and makes you evaluate your priorities. In 2009, I was at the peak of physical fitness and training for the Pittsburgh Marathon. Three days after I took my final long run, I found herself in the ICU with a septic infection, pyelonephritis. I feel blessed to have come out of that experience with my life and my health. However, it changed my life forever. This experience led to me to begin seriously dating my husband, lead me to lead a more balanced life, and resulted in my becoming a mother. After this experience, I had the courage to take the path less traveled and that has made all the difference.