A Challenge from the Universe: Sharlene Jones


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Sharlene Jones is allergic to exercise (literally) but because hiking feels like home, fear of what could happen isn't enough to keep her from hitting the trail. Instead, she's developed a familiarity with her body that makes it possible to keep moving forward.

It's hard to say what the bigger challenge from the universe was: the exercise-induced anaphylaxis or winning the lottery to hike Mount Whitney after being diagnosed. Either way, Sharlene Jones is not one to back down from a challenge.

Featured in this episode: Sharlene Jones

Hosted by Gale Straub

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In this episode, you'll hear:

  • Why Sharlene loves hiking and other forms of exercise, and why she almost had to give them up
  • What an exercise allergy is and how Sharlene manages the attacks
  • How a service dog has helped
  • Why Sharlene wouldn't let fear keep her from hiking Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States
  • How as an ex-pat, hiking feels like home
  • How focusing on "what is", rather than on "what ifs" can help you find joy in a moment and manage chronic health issues
  • Words of advice for others who might have challenges or fears that get in the way of spending time outside


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