The first three months of 2014 were spent in a rehabilitation hospital. I was there to take part in their intensive Neurological Physiotherapy program. All I can say is that this was a miserable time, as no matter how hard I worked my legs became weaker and weaker from the Radiation Induced Lumbar Plexopathy Every day I took part in 3-4 sessions of Physio and Occupational therapy, they kept me very busy. Sadly over the time I was in hospital my legs became totally paralysed so my program reverted to intensive development of my upper body strength and learning to use a wheelchair. As you can imagine this was a very emotional time, with many tears and a great deal of grief at the loss I was facing. I could not imagine how I would manage in a wheelchair, it all seemed so difficult. Fortunately even though I am in my 60s I am a fit person and I did enjoy the workouts in the gym, especially the weight training. Those times took my head away from the thoughts that crowded it and the doubts I had about how I could manage.
For many years I worked as a counsellor and much of this knowledge helped me at this time, I understood that I needed to grieve and that it was ok to cry but that hopefully over time this would get better. Though I have to say there were some very dark days where I felt that things would never be right again. I had my family and many good friends who came to support me, and still do, I could not manage without them. Many of the pictures in this blog are taken by my friend Annemarie when we go on our “Rolling Adventures.”
One of the things that has helped me is the use of Mindfulness, I focus on the moment and also what I can do rather than what I cannot do. I have always enjoyed writing but it has taken a long time for me to start this blog. One of the things that has also helped me is to connect with others in wheelchairs and to see how they live their lives years on from their initial accidents, it is amazing and has given me great hope that like them I will meet life’s challenges on wheels. This blog will follow my progress, in hospital, coming home, our new home and onwards. I am not sure where or how my life will go but it is a “Life in a Wheelchair.”
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