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Let's Celebrate Milestones

Thursday, July 18, 2019

I meant to write this blog on Tuesday, but time got away from me. On Tuesday, I celebrated my ONE WEEK ANNIVERSARY of walking without my cane. It is a freaking huge accomplishment and not only am I patting myself on the back to celebrate, I've been considering hopping on a parade float in my honor.

I am so proud of myself for taking these steps (pun kind of intended) as proof of belief in myself. I set a goal for myself, and I can't get to that "end" piece without all of these interim pieces, and I am doing it. Am I without pain? No. Am I without fear? no. Am I able to have all things aligned perfectly? No. and that's really the point for me to continue to drive home for myself. Nothing has to be perfect in order for me to start. I JUST NEED TO START.

Not walking with a cane provides another benefit. I now have a "free hand." My next BIG milestone that I celebrated today was stopping at the coffee place in my building and getting a cold brew (ahem, coffee!) for a staff member. For the entire academic year that began last September, I would send student staff to get me water or coffee/tea, because I was in too much pain to get up, or did not try hard enough to get up myself.

For anyone who has felt tied to a specific apparatus to be mobile, you can understand the dizzying excitement that comes from self-sufficiency. Oh, I still have a long way to go, but I have made more than a start. This for me is a giant leap forward on both counts.

Tell me about a milestone you can celebrate this week, so I can hop on your parade float, too!

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  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    When movement is painful, we tend to rely on others for help. Sometimes the best thing we can do is just do it ourselves right through the pain. The more we move, the more flexible we become. It's not easy.
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    436 days ago
  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Many accomplishments can be milestones as you move forward.
    444 days ago
  • NASFKAB
    Great job. Just keep at it.
    445 days ago
  • HAPPYDAZ1
    Way to go. I'm in a similar situation. I had been getting back injections for what seemed to be the longest time. I could hardly walk and when I did I had so much pain. The injections really helped but the more I got them, the less time they seemed to help. I started getting them every 2 months then ended going every month. At some point, I had enough.

    I got my final injection and worked really hard for the next month to drop some weight and exercise as best as I could. I now do not get any injections. Granted by the end of the day, I am in pain but it's so much better then before. I dropped over 50 pounds now, my core muscles are much stronger and I can live life in a much happier state.

    So proud of you for having the courage. BE SAFE as you continue to take your life long journey!
    464 days ago
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Ah, LOL, glad you cleared up the 'cold brew' -- LOL!

    Congratulations to you on one week w/o your cane! That is awesome. Proud of you.
    465 days ago
  • NARNIAROSE2003
    So excited for you! My milestone I am celebrating is that I have started swimming laps again. I used to do about a hundred in an uninterrupted hour. On Tuesday I did 48 in 45 minutes. Am I there yet? No...but I am on my way! Celebrating us!! emoticon
    465 days ago
  • DOVESEYES
    I think my milestone is not running to chocolate or chips for comfort, thinking of being able to fit store bought clothes and the feeling of being happy at last in my skin :)
    466 days ago
  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    That is a great accomplishment! You go, girl!
    466 days ago
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