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The Privilege I'd Overlooked

Thursday, September 16, 2010

One of my Spark friends posted a blog today, and this quote was in it:

"I realized either I can choose to Dread exercise like I have for years or take control of my attitude and choose to find it JOYFUL. I choose JOY !!! Exercising allows me to TAKE CHARGE of my LIFE, my HEALTH, and my response to LIFE."

She talked about choosing to recognize the privilege of exercise...because she has MS and has been completely paralyzed and worked her way back. That struck me like a thunderbolt. I too was wheelchair bound...Literally "bound" --bound to the chair because I was too weak to sit upright on my own strength. I was in Rehab for 3 months. And they told me that I'd never walk again and sent me home in the chair. But I fought hard for MONTHS. The physical therapists came to my house and I busted my tush, refused to even acknowledge the possibility that "they" had been right.

And I did it. I walked. I have residual muscle weakness and drop foot also...same as my friend....But it's not obvious when I move about. Mostly it shows up in the fatigue factor. I get really tired, really quickly....But with the exercise I've been doing , my stamina has been improving.

But back to her quote. YEAH!! She's right...and I've been taking it for granted! I've also been avoiding working out sometimes. But how awesome to have control over my body for the most part now...and to make it move and it goes where I tell it!!! thank you, Lord, for this incredible gift. Help me not to waste it or to take it for granted anymore!

Thanks Time2Bloom4me!
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  • 2BHLTHY4LIFE
    What a beautiful inspirational blog,you have such compassionate drive and strength.
    Thank you for being such an example, emoticon !You are so right about taking life for granted,for sure.Enjoy all that life can offer us and even the simplest things and smallest. Enjoy life to the fullest! Yes emoticon ! emoticon Diana emoticon emoticon
    3657 days ago
  • HOT4FITNESS
    Wow! Thanks for the wonderful story. I love toworkout. It is great when you can workout and smile at the same time. have fun and thanks for the reminder of all the things we should be thankful for.
    3657 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7658463
    You are so welcome. We have to appreciate what we have and use it. You know the old saying use it or loose it.

    For those of us challenged by medical conditions have to work harder for longer periods of time to see results. Our bodies have to be retrained to build those neuropathways that everyone else takes for granted.

    I read part of a book written by a doctor that was labeled as hopeless who was unable to walk. With the help of friends and his determination he was able to regenerate the CNS and walk again.

    I had a Physical therapist who specialized in neurological injuries and conditions tell me I was hopeless. I refused to believe her and fired her. I made my own program and march to my own beat of my drum.

    Thank you for the wonderful comment.

    Cynthia47 do you have a Bioness? If not go to bioness.com and read all the testimonials. I have one that my mom got for me. I was able to negotiate the price down $2000. It is a worthwhile investment for the foot drop. I can walk further with it.

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    3657 days ago
  • CAROLYNVIL
    Great blog! Great spirt.
    3657 days ago
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