This is my reality. On Wednesday I was up and out of the house by 8am and didn’t get home until 6:45pm. I know that doesn’t seem like it’s that big of a deal, but in my world it’s huge. I borrowed too many spoons(which I’ve not done in a very long time) and I pretty much lost yesterday because I was asleep almost all day and part of today was spent sleeping. Now I’m feeling like I’m going to have a seizure and I know it’s because I pushed myself too much. It really sucks to not be able to spend time out and about having a “normal” day without then losing the next day and a half because you have to recover. But this is what my life is like on a regular basis. Always having to make sure I don’t use too many spoons so I can function daily.
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It’s never to late !
Man, I went grocery shopping with my family today for 4 hours after I babysat all day, I’m definitely going to feel it tomorrow! But happy I was able to get out and do something today.
This is not an inspirational post or particularly empowering. This is a post just to check in on all of you. I haven't had the best week with anxiety but have managed to still sort everything with my event, get to meetings and media interviews, work a little and find time for me, among a lot of other things.
To me that's such a big win. Doing this is in the face of anxiety is hard. When you feel frozen to the spot like you can't move or speak. Well in spite of that feeling this week I did all of the above and I feel proud. I defied the feeling in my stomach and pushed through.
Sometimes just getting through the day was all I could do and that was enough and just as commendable. Have you overcome your illnesses at times this week? Defied the voice in your head or feeling in your gut? Have you made it through a hard day and are still here? Tell me about it below, let's share our wins this week.
Have a little picture of bare faced me and Holly cuddling because she knows how to make everything better 🦋💛
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Liver Cleansing Salad / Ensalada para Limpiar el Hígado
Watercress is a SUPERFOOD! High in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B, calcium, potent antioxidants and minerals. It is also diuretic and very effective at flushing out toxins. In controlled studies (University of Ulster), it was found effective against cancer. .
Use it in your salads. You can reduce its bitterness by mixing it with romaine lettuce and by adding a simple salad dressing made with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, water, salt and pepper. .
It combines really well with animal proteins and fats as it helps with their digestion.
Day 1 built BELIEF. Day 2 built COMMITMENT. Day 3 built STRENGTH. Day 4 built POWER. Day 5 built MOMENTUM. I’m flying into the weekend feeling amazing. Transform 20 is by far my favorite program ever! I am totally obsessed. It’s hard & challenging but I am finding myself growing everyday. I hate cardio but I’m learning to love this!
Today, I decided to look through videos of me in the hospital after my most recent surgery, the DFO. I can remember laying in my hospital bed and wanting so badly to get up and move or at least sit in the chair, but I never worked up the courage to. Later that night, the physical therapist had come in to see me and I was forced out of the bed. I had no idea what the next few months would be like, let alone the next 30 minutes it would take to get me up. I can just vividly remember screaming—screaming in pain, screaming for them to stop and let me lay down, screaming in regret of what I had just done to myself. I was so loud that I had woke up everyone on my floor. I remember my mom frantically running out of the room because she wasn’t allowed to touch me and she didn’t want to see or hear me scream. After 30 minutes of trying to get me out of the bed, I remember standing there crying because everything was starting to sink in and I stood there until my leg just gave out. It was the only way I felt remotely comfortable after what had just happened and then the screaming began again... trying to assist me in using the bedside commode was impossible and I probably peed on myself 100 times and then getting me back in bed or the chair was just as hard as getting out. These moments serve as the toughest and lowest points in the recovery. I contemplated sharing these videos because they are raw and difficult for me to watch, even more so, show people how much I struggled. I was hurting, I was scared and I was worried I would (will) never return to a normal lifestyle. Recovery is not an easy challenge and reflecting back on moments like these has become very important to me.
Just 24 weeks ago, I laid in my hospital bed hysterically crying in fear of what was to come. I am starting to learn to appreciate what I have more so everyday. I promise today to work as hard as possible for the future I deserve for the same girl who laid hopelessly in that bed trying to figure out her purpose. Today I am reminded how lucky I am to sit on a toilet, walk around the house, drive my car and work hard in PT to soon crush my goals! #MadisClimb
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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
- Robert Frost
Don’t give up because the path ahead of you isn’t clearly laid out. That just means it’s yours to forge and to pave.
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I started using our topicals back in April 2018. After such a serious car accident, and two years of excruciating pain, the relief I felt after just nine days was incredible. I really could not believe it! The continued improvements have been just as amazing. I continue to not take any of the prescribed pain or anxiety medications after 9 months!
After having to have a hysterectomy in November, I returned to Physio last week.. I’m not sure what happened, or what we did differently.. but if you have ever heard of your nerves going ‘haywire’? Mine went ‘haywire’ from head to toe😳
The palm of my hand was on FIRE! Like I’d burned it with a curling iron. My back has been in paraspinal spasming. The muscles are tight again. My right kneecap was numb. Just my kneecap. Then my hands. And then my cheekbone. My lips/mouth. Heels of my feet. Both knees. Down my legs. And then all those places. Uncontrollable shakes/shivers. At different times. Off and on. Different days. You get the idea. Im exhausted.
I know I have nerve damage. From head to toe. I learned this recently as I received my ‘permanently disabled’ from the Dr. last week. I really am only learning what that looks like, and if I move the wrong way and do something to one of those compressed discs or or or... I am also learning how to help myself manage it:) This. THIS has been my coping tool. This LITERALLY put a fire out in my hand!! In less than 5 minutes (after 45 minutes of trying everything else) This eased the paraspinal spasming in my back. This eased the burning in my feet. This eased the numbness and tingling in my hands and knees. This helped me sleep.
On day 8, I finally feel like I might be back in control of my own body❤️ I am just so damn thankful everyday.
I’ve noticed I’ve been posting a lot about my MS lately. Probably because this time of year it becomes increasingly difficult to deal with it. I actually said to my husband that I think I’m going to have to start going somewhere warmer.... all I can say is I’m thankful that he was off today as I had to break down and take a pain killer. I really try hard to stay away from them, but I just couldn’t today. I got a FaceTime call from the cutest WINNIE THE POOH BEAR EVER!!! 💕 Zeke didn’t appreciate the outfit as much as grandma, but I know my sweet daughter @tephor did it to cheer her old mom up. Plus the pants I made for him at birth finally fit him!! I’m loving this new stage in my life. #ms#mswarrior#chronicillness#chronicpain#weightlossjourney#redhead#grandma#grandparents#thisisms#winniethepooh#grandson
I have pizza from time to time with 1 or 2 Prelief tablets since my bladder is doing way better. But I make sure the pizza can get as close to IC friendly as possible. This pizza has NO tomatoes or meat. It is made with pesto sauce, goat cheese (way less acidic than cow dairy), spinach and roasted garlic. My bladder doesn't spasm when I eat this. They also have gluten-free pizza made of rice flour!
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Tears of joy today.
What a magical afternoon!
I saw Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella today at the Kennedy Center. I loved his Sleeping Beauty, and today did not disappoint!
The waltz of Prokofiev is one I particularly love but the whole score is so expressive and moving.
The story is reset during the Blitz in London. (Prokofiev wrote the score during WWII)
The fairy godmother is now an angel. There are oppressive stepbrothers too. The set design was stunning too.
Life and love feels precious and enunciated in this wartime setting. Kind of like living with a chronic illness.
I was in acute pain - throbbing and sharp. I kept deep-breathing to keep my body from locking down. The opera house was cold so I kept my coat on. My 9+ hours of sleep seemed to be no help and perhaps I will pay for the excursion tomorrow.
But when you’re sick what you love you love more!
And I was in tears of joy at the end of this magic! 🙌🏼🙏🏼 for making this sick girl deliriously happy and joyful! @matthewbourne13 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Primary targets🎯Glutes & Hip
❗️NOTE: Many will be tight in non-target areas and find base position difficult. Work on Knee-to-Chest, Lunge, Seated Hamstring and Child's Pose (part of our second series, stay tuned). .
✔️Always remember our foundation training is all about the work needed to achieve proper base position. Once established, we then present greater challenges to maintaining that base position. The real work happens when you challenge yourself to maintain this base.
🔹Use a chair, higher is easier.
🔹Keep shoulders and hips level to the ground and parallel to each other.
🔹Level off where your butt bones sit, establish even pressure.
🔹Engage Pelvic Tilt and Chin-to-Throat (link in bio)
Phase 1: Establishing Figure 4
🔸Reach down to grab your lower leg. Place the valley between the ankle and the calf on top of the left knee, to form the “4”. 📢*DO NOT set the ankle-bone or the foot here. It can be uncomfortable and difficult to relax.
🔸Use your hands to push the knee away from your body toward the floor. Once you feel comfortable having your thigh parallel to the floor, continue on. 🛑If you find this hard, remain at this phase.
Phase 2: Leaning In
🔺Lead with the chest (NOT your head) keeping your ear aligned with your shoulders, as you slowly lean forward. As you progress, keep your back straight and hinge from the hips! 🔺When you reach your limit, breathe...allow the muscle tension to unwind. Relax into it. 🔺Maintain your base. Be aware not to tilt right or left, twist the spine or bow to the side.
TAKING IT FURTHER
📌Use a timer for 2 min. Set and forget! ⌚️ 📌Be patient and wait for the release. Push but don't force the stretch. 📌Pace yourself. Be persistent, get through sticky points, and don’t forget to breathe. 📌When exiting the stretch go slow. Use Eraser movements like Butterfly and Knee Pumps. 📌Switch sides and repeat.
⚠️HIP REPLACEMENT SUBJECTS, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS MOVEMENT W/O SUPERVISION.⚠️ .
. . #DynamicBalanceSF#balance21#dynamicbalance#TPC#rebuildrepairovercome#therapeuticphysicalcare#therapeuticcare#setyourbase#hippain#lowbackpain#backpain#sciatica#stretch
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⭐️EXERCISE ACTS AS A PAINKILLER⭐️by @healyourpain_
💊”When in pain, pop an advil." That is what we usually tell someone who has sustained an injury or hurt themselves. This post is NOT to discredit pain medication; they have their place and can be quite effective in ceasing pain in a highly sensitive individual. In fact, they are NEEDED for many individuals. That being said, our brain produces powerful pain killers that can significantly reduce our pain. The reason most people do not know this is because health professional tell them to NOT EXERCISE and the person usually believes that if there is a little pain during exercise, this is BAD for them.
💊Think of exercise like a medication that you take: If the dose is too much, you will experience strong symptoms (more pain). If the dose is too little, you will experience no effect (zero relief). If the dose is the right amount, you will experience pain relief!
💊The chemicals act by reducing the intensity of pain by interacting with different types of opioids receptors in the body. This leads to a REDUCTION in pain
😊The best news here is that even mild exercise can produce this effect in someone who has sustained an acute injury. If you are unsure of where to start and how to progress, a good therapist or personal trainer can be of good guidance. Tag someone with chronic pain!
‼️This is not medical advice, see a healthcare professional for your pain‼️
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A post that is chronologically accurate with the makeup I actually wore today! See my story for a product rec! "Even in the midst of life's many storms we have the capacity to stand in the center of our own peace."
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@patmcgrathreal MTHRSHP Subversive La Vie en Rose palette and Venus In Furs MatteTrance lipstick
@winky_lux Dream highlighter
@narsissist Orgasm blush
@urbandecaycosmetics Rockstar 24/7 Liner
It may not feel like it now, but trust that this experience is moving you in directions that will be meaningful and inspiring.
1 28 hours ago
Pain experts at Relievus agree that carefully selected exercises can help reduce chronic pain. Exercise and activity can also help prevent pain from returning in the future. Check out the back exercises we have posted for you on our website.