SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Marathons, half-marathons and 5Ks were a huge part of June Herion's life. But, one business trip to Florida in 2005 forced her to hang up her running shoes.
June woke up one morning and noticed her hand was feeling numb. She dismissed any problems, just thinking that she slept on it funny. Unfortunately this was the first of many issues to come.
"This massive pain and numbness it started at the top of my shoulder and felt like it was wrapping around my arm," June described.
A trip to her local emergency room in Florida led to a misdiagnosis of a pinched nerve. What June didn't know was that she was having a stroke and things were only about to get worse.
June returned back to her hotel room, and the next morning her entire life changed.
"I woke up the next morning and my worst fears came true. I was paralyzed from the neck down on the right side of my body."
Confused and alone in an unknown city, June boarded a plane back to Phoenix. Once she landed, things got even worse.
June immediately hit the ground and started convulsing. Doctors later told her that she had a brain bleed and was having a seizure.
Suddenly a woman who could run 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 40 minutes could not walk.
After months of recovery, June's goal was to lace her running shoes back up once again.
Only a few months after her stroke, June had signed up for a half marathon. Continuing to make progress, June had qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2007.
She has since run several more marathons, and qualified yet again to run in Boston in 2014.