In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston on April 15, 2019.
Name: Jessica Esposito
From: New York City
Bib #: 27525
My love for the body began in college when I began figure drawing. All bodies are so vastly different, yet so similar. Pose after pose, sketch after sketch, I became more and more fascinated with the body, and I was growing ever more curious about my models, their bravery, vulnerability, and openness.
In 2008, when multiple sclerosis came into my life, my dreams of becoming an artist were halted by emerging symptoms that I had yet to understand. After my diagnosis, it took some time to find the right team of doctors, the right treatment regimen, and the right exercise routine to keep my body strong.
Even though MS has shifted my path, I couldn’t be more grateful for the new path it put me on as a psychologist, as I am still in awe of the bravery, vulnerability, and openness of the individuals I am privileged to work with every day. However, somewhere along the way I seemed to have lost my love and fascination with the body.
Over last few years, I have been dedicated to rebuilding this love by celebrating my body and making it as strong as possible. I am fortunate enough to have had a lot of support along the way from my amazing family, inspiring friends, and superhuman fitness instructors.
Much like my models and patients, this journey has also cultivated my own personal strength, courage, resilience, and willingness to be more vulnerable with others. Ten years ago, my biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to walk or run, yet running has been such a big part of my journey towards healing. In April, I plan to honor my body and all that it can do, by running a 26.2 mile victory lap through Boston, the city where I was diagnosed!
Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.