Almost 4 years ago, my life changed when I became disabled because of an Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury and Chiari Malformation. I continue to navigate life with chronic pain while regaining self-confidence and learning to be me again.
The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Learning to live with life changing disability and /or illness is difficult enough, but we often fall into to the trap of not truly being able to see the truth about ourselves. We often think of ourselves in a diminished capacity with various limitations instead of all the positives that we have to offer or all the progress we have made. We tend to allow the pain and our weaknesses to tell the story instead of looking at how much we can do and enjoy. This can often to lead to further separation, anxiety, and depression, but there is always hope.
Finding the positives
It is not always easy to stay positive amid dealing with life. Everyone has a story that is running through their head. We all have things about ourselves that we are not happy with and want to change. Maybe it is losing a few pounds or asking for that raise. For me, it is regaining my ability to walk, regain balance and proprioception, lowering my pain without increasing opioid medications, and being able to take care of and enjoying my family. When my life changed almost four years ago because of an Incomplete Spinal Cord injury, Chiari Malformation and Allodynia everything seemed hopeless for a time. But I was quickly reminded that although tragedy happens there are many positives all around us if you look the people and beauty around you.