Thursday Strong

Each day I am given is a gift. It is another chance to improve and make a difference. I am in week 3 of my 8 week Thrive expeience and I cannot believe how good I am feeling. I am definately sleeping better and have Each day I am given is a gift. It is another chance to improve and make a difference. I am in week 3 of my 8 weeks Thrive experience and I cannot believe how good I am feeling. I am sleeping better and have more pep than I have had in a long time.

Exercise for me is crucial. Thursdays are my double days. I work with my trainer at the gym then yoga in the afternoon. with my instructor via zoom. My strength, balance and propriocention continue to imprExercise for me is crucial. Thursdays are my double days. I work with my trainer at the gym then yoga in the afternoon. with my instructor via zoom. My strength, balance and proprioception continue to improve.

It is my hope that I can encourage and motivate others to keep going and not give up. I am thankful for every ,moment that God has given me, and I will not waste them. I feel blessed that I took the opportunity to try Le Vel/Thive. It is giving me back what I thought was lost. For one, better sleep which gives me strength to keep pushing forward and deal with my chronic pain issue. Two, I am more productive and have more energty to keep going allowing me to be a better wife, mom, step-mother, and grandma. This is my Thrive 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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