Welcoming A New Season Of Life
After a challenging life season, I am grateful to welcome in a new season of life.
As I’ve recently shared, I have finally found myself a healthcare team that is truly helping me. Part of my rehabilitation includes a few exercises, which are meant to help strengthen me. In strengthening my body, the goal is to help decrease (and hopefully relieve) some (or better yet – all) of the chronic pain, which has plagued my body since my near-fatal accident back in 2010. I finally have healthcare benefits through my husband’s work, which is allowing me proper medical treatment. My body had come to the point of being so deconditioned that I had no choice but to seek help. Self-care had to become a priority because I actually came to the point where I physically could not care for my own children for a period of time. If that is not motivation to get better, then I don’t know what is. In my efforts to get better, I saw a couple of physicians here in Cayman before finally coming upon my team of providers who are now helping me to move forward. I have a pain specialist here, Dr. Lee, who has been named as one of the most empathetic doctors on island. Dr. Lee referred me to a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor) who performed some EMGs to rule out nerve damage. This highly respected visiting doctor from Canada, Dr. Quartly, will forever be a pivotal piece of my journey. Not only did she take the time to actually listen to me, her patient, but she also performed the most thorough physical exam that I’ve had since the time of my accident. In addition to her touching me in a medical world where the art of touch is being lost, she also encouraged me, she empathized with me and my pain, she recognized issues that were overlooked by other physicians, and she identified my giftedness. This gifted woman helped me understand myself and she gave me tools to move forward, all while reassuring me that I would be okay. In addition to Dr. Quartly, I also ended up in the care of another beautiful female doctor. My chiropractor, Dr. Zazzi, is a Canadian doctor who relocated to Grand Cayman and she has been working with me for a little over a month now. She understands my hypermobility issues, she recognizes why I continue to experience so much pain – she actually lays her hands on me and manipulates my body, and she is getting me to the point where I can actually start doing these exercises to help strengthen my body. I recently shared how humbling it is to do these exercises. I think back to my body and how strong it was prior to my accident and prior to medical school when I worked as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. I remember when I taught 25 hours of group fitness classes per week and now, doing a set of 25 repetitions of a single exercise may be all that I can tolerate at a given moment. I remind myself that I am starting over, but it is hard to not look back and think of where I once was. Dr. Zazzi listens and she has also pointed out that in addition to my accident, I’ve also now had two babies and I’ve aged from that 25-year-old teaching 25 hours of group fitness classes per week to this 35-year old woman who is trying to find time to care for herself all while trying her best to care for her two little ones. Side note, where the heck did those last 10 year go?! Instead of comparing myself to myself (my old self), I am going to simply welcome this new season of life. I am going to focus on where I am now and I am going to be grateful for the strength that I gain moving forward.
In addition to enjoying some of the cool Cayman Christmas breezes as Caymanians call them, I was able to do some of my rehabilitation exercises outside down by the beach tonight. There’s nothing better than adding the additional healing element of the Caribbean Sea. Ahhhhh, this beautiful sea. It has been such an important part of my healing journey. It is by this sea that I feel so much peace, it is by this sea where my soul feels at ease and truly at home.
Here are some moments captured that include part of my personal journey to a better and stronger me. In sharing, I hope I will be used to encourage and inspire you to do whatever it takes to become the strongest and best version of you, that you will choose health and wellness so you are afforded the longest life possible, so you are alive as long as possible for not only you but for those who you love the most, and I also hope that I can be used to simply make you smile. Smiling is good for the soul.
Before we started doing rehabilitation exercises, Jack did some sand surfing!
From sand surfing he went on to sand sledding!
Kaitlyn wanted in on the action!
Daddy and Kaitlyn had a chance to go down the hill, too! Jack gave them a good push!!
Kaitlyn climbed up all by herself!!! My strong girl!
So proud of her!
This is Pure Cayman!
A perfect place to heal and accept newness of life.
The sea puts my soul at ease.
I welcome restoration and I accept the journey that lies ahead.
I am looking forward with hope for a new beginning and happy endings.
I have so much to be thankful for and this is why I smile.
Me: “Jack, you do not want to do yoga right here!” *points to this spot in the sand*
Alternating arms while extending the opposing leg. Jack’s got the arm down!
Mama’s left elbow is hyperextended, though.
Trying to teach Jack to get that opposing leg extended.
Not quite there yet!
Jack’s turn to teach Mama! His favorite – a downward dog.
Cat-cow, anyone? Nice tongue protrusion, Kaitlyn!
Some exfoliation never hurts, right? Thanks, Kaitlyn!
Hypermobility adds an additional challenge to my rehabilitation. Jack and Kaitlyn are hypermobile, too.
There you go, Kaitlyn! Mama will wipe your sandy little butt off while you are there, too!
Joy-filled life! These two have been my greatest motivators to live life to the fullest.
I do not want them to remember me by my pain.
Thank you God for another day and another opportunity to experience life.
Thank you for journeying along life with me! I will continue to invite you in as I move forward and in doing so, I hope that I will continue to be used to assist you along your own journey of life. If you enjoyed these captured moments, then please share this post with others, so they too can be guided to their best life possible.