All I’m saying is try. Be the best you can be everyday
Sunday, August 19, 2018
My life has revolved around my pain 24/7 for the last 25 years. Throw in my depression and the rest of my health issues and I had pretty much given up hope. My wake up call was dying from gallbladder surgery in late November 2007. It wasn’t my time to leave my earthly home. My road to recovery was very slow and very painful on top of everything else. I slowly started walking after my doctor discharged me.
I barely could walk across the street to my Aunt and Uncles house. Steps were so difficult. In 2008 I started walking. Just to build my strength up. Very slow. I still remember my first mile walk later in April. I thought I was going to die. I couldn’t breathe. I have asthma and my lungs were on fire. My first mile was around Osceola Island up at my brother’s house in NE Tennessee.
The pain was overwhelming and I basically gave up after that. I’d take very short walks every now and then it wasn’t until my diabetes went out of control that I finally said enough. That was on July 24, 2011. The day my life started changing forever.
In June 2012 I took my very first hike up at Carvers Gap on the Appalachian Trail. I got to the top of the first knoll and my brother said that he really didn’t think I was able to go that far but he was glad. I was standing there an shouted out to the world see I did it despite my doctor and physical therapist saying I would never walk without a walker or a cane. We walked a little farther towards the second knoll. Then I saw steps. I can’t do steps very easily. I have severe arthritis in both hips and knees. So we turned back.
My walking journey continues. I hit 10,065.4 miles yesterday.
My thing is, yes I’m in pain. I get depressed but I feel better when I walk. We need to get up and move our bodies to the best of our abilities. It doesn’t have to be a six mile hike uphill, even though a gentle walk may feel like it.
My challenge is to do something for 10 minutes three times a day. If you can’t make it ten, do what you can and slowly build up. The main thing is to just start moving. You can do it. Put more life in your life. One step at a time and one day at a time. Live your life now. Love yourself now. You are all beautiful in your own unique ways. If you are hurting, listening to your body is very important. If the pain is really bad, just some gentle movement helps. Until you learn how your body responds go slow.
I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, bone spurs, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, migraines, asthma and allergies and trick knees...one hyper extends and the other has screws to keep it from dislocating itself again.
Sending you this challenge with much love, hugs and prayers for a wonderful life.