Trying something new

My workouts at the gym seemed to be hitting a plateau. My walking and balance were not progressing much. So I decided forgo the gym and try yoga. After a 3 year search I finally found an amazing yoga instructor that comes to me twice a week for an hour. In just 3 short weeks there has been lots of improvement. The first few times I tried this I fell over. Because I lost balance and proprioception (the ability to know where my limbs are in space), when I cannot physically see my legs they tend to do their own thing. I still practice crawling as I believe that it has aided and continues to aid my ability to do more and more.

The plan is to continue doing yoga and gradually add the gym back in. My body tires very easily and it has required me to make adjustments to my daily life including the way and for how long I exercise. Because I have difficulty regulating body temperature I have to make sure I am hydrated and I don’t over exert myself. One major change is I really do not sweat from my torso down. This means my body cannot naturally cool it self by sweating. So becoming overheated is a real hazard.

So thankful for all that God has brought me through and continues to bring me through. Some days are filled with pain and tears while others are filled with blessings, joy and laughter. No matter what it is God is with me every moment refining me every step of the way for His glory.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: