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Healing in motion

HIE mom Becky Kerrins shares her story of how she embarked on her latest journey, Healing in Motion, and what it means to see other parents joining her.


I got the idea for healing in motion one day while in kickboxing.

I was thinking: how can I make my workouts more meaningful and keep myself motivated? 




I have been struggling with anger, depression and anxiety for 5+ years. 

I found kickboxing and realized how good it made me feel to take that hour for myself and focus on healing my heart.

It just made sense, and I was at a place in my journey that I was ready to let some of my negative feelings go and help myself be a better Becky.

I sometimes use events from the NICU to focus on specifically, like the first day I held Drew was day 17. So on day 17 of kickboxing, I reflected on that. 

Some days it's current events or struggles, like being overwhelmed with therapy, doctors appointments, or Drew being sick.

Some days I focus on others, my daughter Kaycie, my husband Sean or fellow HIE moms and kiddos.

Aside from physically feeling stronger and healthier, I feel calmer, less anxious, happier and stronger.  It has truly helped start healing my heart.

As other moms started joining me and taking a leap to heal their own hearts, that just was more motivating that made me feel like I can actually help others just by encouraging them. 

There is a sweet accountability factor in putting my journey out in cyber space for the world to see. I want to continue to help others start this journey.

If anyone is considering embarking on their own journey my advice is: be easy on yourself, do something you love, think about what you used to enjoy, feel the feels, share what you feel comfortable with. 

There are no rules. This is just a journey in healing and self care.




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