Take the first step

This was from a 1 1/2 ago. We all have to start somewhere, but we have to take that first step.

This is where I am currently. It takes getting out of your comfort zone and just trying.

Getting out of your comfort zone and taking the first step is scary and uncomfortable, but it brings great rewards in the end. If I had kept putting off starting my journey, I would still be in a wheelchair most of the time with minimal improvement in my balance and proprioception. Instead, I am completely out of the wheelchair and walking with a walker for stability. I am continuing to improve my balance and proprioception with the hopes of being able to walk with just a came in the near future.

You can do it too. God has given us the ability to overcome, but first we have to believe in ourselves. Next, we have to be willing to have faith and step out of our comfort zone. In the end, we will overcome our obstacles and tell a better story. Start your journey today!

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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