Amputation · Anxiety · Family · Health · My Blog · Self-Care · Transverse Myelitis

I am officially an Amputee

So it happened. It's official. I had below knee amputation surgery on my left leg yesterday (Wednesday February 26th, 2020). I am now 24 hours out from surgery and doing pretty darn good. I'm actually doing better than expected. So sit back and hang tight while I lay out what all happened this week. If… Continue reading I am officially an Amputee

Anxiety · Complaints · Mental Health · Self · Self-Care · Transverse Myelitis

Been there, Done that!

For over four year I have done... Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Mirror Therapy Sympathetic Therapy Massage Therapy Fluido Therapy TENS unit Acupuncture Cupping An AFO Ankle braces Night splints Stretching Chiropractor Contrast baths Botox Injections Spent a small fortune and countless hours in appointments, driving to and from appointments and performing the exercises and stretches… Continue reading Been there, Done that!

Learning · My Blog · Parenting · Self-Care · Transverse Myelitis

Successful 2018 Resolution

So, every year people make resolutions and every year I have participated in this tradition. Almost every resolution I made over my lifetime lasted a month or two before dwindling off...EXCEPT last years! Here is a link to my 2018 Resolution  blog post for specifics. Honestly, over the last year I have done a much better… Continue reading Successful 2018 Resolution

Mental Health · My Blog · Transverse Myelitis

Loss

As I sit on the shore of Lake Michigan I am overcome with emotions. I don’t know if it’s the lake or that I find myself near my breaking point. I feel more when I am here. Not just emotionally, but physically. Almost 3 years ago my life changed in ways that I could never… Continue reading Loss

Health · My Blog · Transverse Myelitis

Would I have done things differently?

If I had known I would get sick; that I would lose so much sensation, muscle control and certain abilities, such as:  be unable to run, jump or stand on my tippy toes - what would that knowledge have changed?  Would I have stressed and agonized about the impending loss? probably Would I have relished and… Continue reading Would I have done things differently?

Anger · Complaints · Health · Transverse Myelitis

Unwelcomed Reminder

Lately, believe it or not, I have been feeling "normal". Whatever that means...right? I guess I have been feeling like the old me (mostly), the pre-transverse myelitis me. I have been existing and pushing myself and going going going. My body decided that I needed a nudge to cool my jets. Now, by nudge I… Continue reading Unwelcomed Reminder

Mental Health · My Blog · Self-Care · Transverse Myelitis

Resolution

So each year hordes of people make resolutions. The vow to better themselves and make drastic changes because, well it is a new year after all! Although I am writing this at the beginning of February, I made my resolution in January. Sharing this goal is important to me because I feel that by knowing… Continue reading Resolution

Health · Learning · My Blog · Transverse Myelitis

The New Normal (long read)

Transverse Myelitis is an experience that I would not wish on anyone I have truly learned so much in the last two years. I am a better person because of it. I think that TM has really allowed me the time to slow down, stop and look at myself - who I truly am -… Continue reading The New Normal (long read)

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One Bite At A Time

Recently I have been looking at and reflecting upon the changes I have made this Summer. I have taken a few steps towards being healthier. I am monitoring how much I eat when I am bored and the amount I eat of sweets specifically - for example: I now eat 4-5 Oreos instead of a… Continue reading One Bite At A Time

Learning · My Blog · Transverse Myelitis

Just Me & A Couple Of Balls via Samsung Galaxy

Yet, another first happened for me this week. I thought for sure I was done having these moments. I was able to go bowling!! I not only went to a bowling alley, but did this list of daunting tasks (they were seemingly impossible a year ago) without getting hurt (eg. spraining my ankle, falling down,… Continue reading Just Me & A Couple Of Balls via Samsung Galaxy