Wellness Wednesday

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

We each face obstacles, sometimes they are mental limitations, other times they are physical, and sometimes they are both. Nevertheless, we all can persevere and overcome. When I first was told by my doctors that I had to face the fact that I was going to have to use a wheelchair for the rest of my life I was devastated. I cried, got angry, and slowly began to fight back. That was 4 ½ yrs. ago. So, entering an Ultimate Thriver Competition was never in my thought process, but on January 1, 2022, I decided to go for it and joined the Ultimate Thriver Competition Season 3.

Afterall, I have nothing to lose but everything to gain. This competition has the possibility of monetary gain at then end for the top four competitors in two age groups, 34 and under and my age group the 35 and older. But regardless of where I place this is about transforming my mind and body. It is about pushing myself and overcoming my limitations while leaning on my creator for strength and guidance. With God by my side there is nothing that I cannot overcome and conquer.

Each day we open our eyes is another day to rely on God, reframe our thoughts, focus, and push ourselves to new heights. Yes, there will be days that we feel like we are not making progress and even feel like we are moving backward. But tomorrow is another day and with that we are renewed. We are resilient because God created us to be, but “to be resilient you have to be strong in the Lord.” Psalm 31:23-24

Please check out the reel below. This is only the beginning.


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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