Trying something new and it is changing things

For the past few months, I have struggled to find that “balanced”
place. So, I have embarked on a new adventure. I decided to try something that
may help me maintain a healthy weight and give me back my prep as well as keep
me even.

After just one week I can say I am well on my way. I am sleeping better (I am
not waking up 2-3 times per night and struggling to get back to sleep), and I
have way more energy. I am not having that afternoon drag where if I sit down,
I fall asleep. I have also noticed that when life’s little moments happen, I am
better equipped to handle them without blowing up.

For now, I will continue to Thrive with such an easy plan. Who knew that
three easy steps could begin to help me get to a better overall place? Change
takes time but I am hopeful that with following the three easy steps and some
hard work I will keep preserving and succeed. It is my hope that I will be able
to reduce my pain levels to a point that I will be able to reduce all the pain
medications, muscle relaxers, and neuro meds I take over time as well as get

Thank you, God, for helping me continue down this road of recovery. Each day
brings new hope for the future. Even if I never get off my walker completely, I
know I am getting stronger and healthier. Thank you for so many blessings.

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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