Getting Stronger

I am continuing to work hard to build new neuropathways, gain balance and proprioception. Because of the loss of sensation in my right leg and hips as well as proprioception my feet tend to drag at times and get lost when they are behind me. This leads to an unsteady gait causing tripping and sometimes falls.

Working with my trainer to improve my gait and build new neuropathways. Pulling the sled helps reposition my hips and put my body in better alignment.

I also continue to do yoga twice a week via zoom with my instructor. Yoga truly helps with balance. I have been able to improve my balance allowing me to do more advance poses/exercises.

Side Plank. Able to balance on the ball of my feet.

Curtsy Lunges-Advance Lunge. Never thought I would be able to do this especially one handed.

Never give up! You never know what you can accomplish. As long as you keep moving forward even if it is one small step like just siting up for 5 mins. Each little step leads to the next one.

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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