Sarka’s PBC Blog #3 – July 4 , 2022
I’ve always had pets. Cats and dogs. They have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Some of them I chose. Some were brought to me. They become part of your family, your routine and your life.
A little before I was diagnosed, we rescued this beautiful dog: a mix of golden retriever and husky. 100 pounds of pure love!!! Her name was Barbie. She was the kindest, most loving dog I ever encountered. She was patient, smart and had loads of energy. Barbie wanted to spend as much time outside as possible.
I am very fortunate to live close to the Trans Canada Trail. The sceneries are stunning. It’s my place to recharge and be one with nature. It gives me peace. Rain or shine, even snow wasn’t a deterrent!! Barbie was there. She was by my side on all of my walks. She motivated me when I didn’t feel like going, or didn’t have the strength. She was this ball of energy that I needed.
PBC can affect your bones, muscles and joints. They can be unpliable, sore and hurting. Exercising is highly recommended. These walks were so beneficial. They made a huge impact. Walking, swimming, hiking, to name a few, is very important. Keep your body moving as much as you can. It’s a win-win.
I spent so many seasons and years with Barbie on that trail. When I remember these…my heart smiles. I am not the one who helped and healed her…it’s quite the opposite actually.
Sarka was born in Quebec. She has lived in Nova Scotia with her husband and daughter for more than twenty years. She was diagnosed with PBC in 2012. Most recently, Sarka was elected to Canadian PBC Society Board of Directors. She is passionate about spreading awareness for PBC and supporting those with PBC.