Keep Going and Showing Up

When I started going to the gym in 2019, I was just getting started. I lacked coordination, proprioception, and balance. This exercise was extremely difficult.

My proprioception and balance have improved but still need work. It takes consistency, challenging work, and lots of prayer to keep going. Some days are hard and difficult.

This was in 2021. My first time doing a plank. It was difficult and awkward. But I knew I had to keep pushing and trying.

Although my plank has improved it still needs work. My feet often move and rotate. Part of having diminished proprioception. Reconnecting my brain and body to work together. This is where building new neuropathways comes in.

 

Each day we have the opportunity to keep going or give up. 5 years later after the day I stood and lost all feeling from the waist down I sm continuing to improve. I am blessed to be here and I want to keep sharing my story in hopes that others will be encourage and keep pushing. God is with us every step of the way.

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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