With a little practice

I took this video about few weeks ago. I am using my Bioness system again after having them recalibrated as the feeling in my extremities, balance, and proprioception has changed. The Bioness sends an electric signal to my feet, causing them to lift at the ankles. When I use them with my LifeGlider I can walk hands free. My LifeGlider keeps me strapped in and if I lose my balance, it protects me from falling.

On this day I felt very stable, so I tried using my cane. I have not been able to do this for the last 4 years.  About 3 1/2 years ago, I had a pastor/friend pray over me. He told me my limbs were healed and to keep talking to them, telling them, “you are healed.” I have done this and often I tell my legs, “you can do this.” Almost every occasion I speak to them, I accomplish the task and more. God continues to heal me. I no longer take my legs for granted. So, each time I stand, do yoga, or anything else using my legs, I know it is a gift.

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.

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