Getting out of your comfort zone

I can remember how difficult it was to even do downward dog just a few short months ago. I never thought I would be able to do a plank again especially with loss of balance and proprioception. It just goes to show that with hard work and getting out of my comfort zone I can accomplish new things. So can you!

This exercise was almost impossible when I started. I would lose my balance and fall over backwards. When you get out of your own way new heights can be achieved.

Although this exercise still needs work it is improving each time I do it. Focus on what you can do instead of what you think you cannot. Staying in the right frame of mind will help push you forward.

 

When I first started doing yoga after my injury, I honestly believed it was impossible. With encouragement from my husband, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and give it a try. It has proved that I have been able to reach new heights and regain some of my balance and improve my proprioception. With God by my side, having faith in myself and being willing to get our of my comfort zone nothing is impossible. No matter what we face great things can happen when we get our of our comfort zone and do our best to tell a better story.

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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