Fact: A Pop of happy color makes for a happy & up-and-about day. xx
A Pair of Happy Feet go to the Beach…
Sista, Sista! Proving that four Happy Feet are better than two…
(I would apologize for my CRPS/RSD skeletor-looking foot on the left but I’m not going to. Nope. No way!!! That discolored and scarred little left foot was put together with so much love and care - it’s my pride and joy. Now, as for the bony right foot with the funny toes… well that’s genetics. And who wouldn’t want a walking reminder of their loving, supportive family to look down on at all times?) xx
I fall in love with people’s passion. The way their eyes light up when they talk about the thing they love and the way they fill with light.” / Melissa Cox
12(ish) Days of Christmas Goals to a Happier, Healthier You!
Day 4: After my accident, I felt lost. So lost in fact, that I could never even begin to spin words that might delve into how deep that feeling truly went. I felt as though my identity had been stripped away. Ripped from me with absolutely no warning. Everything I had worked so hard for, gone in a literal and very traumatic crunch.
No more independent life, running about London-town (and in fantastic heels at that…). Just a tick away from finishing my masters, suddenly my life became agony, hospitals, and surgeries rather than any possibility of research for a dissertation and the hope of a distinction.
Yet, this post is hardly all doom and gloom! You’re in the wrong place if your looking for posts like that…
It’s an important lesson to learn that, “We make plans and God laughs.” It was an even more important lesson to learn that no matter how dark and how grim things may get… passion remains, and if you allow it to be, it can be your saving grace.
Keep your dreams close to you. No matter how sick, or how painful things may get, let them light your days and guide your recovery. Imagine the things that they’ll bring you once your better! And you WILL get better! Allow your passion to unlock every last bit of your spirit. Fight for your future and before you know it… something huge will be headed your well-deserved way.
All of my love, Danielle xx
Pain, we get it - you’re a beast. You’re stuck in the dark days of adolescence and you’re not going to stop wreaking havoc until you get what you want. Which is… ??? Wait, what is it exactly?!?
If I had the answer to that, I’d be a very rich woman. I do however, know what pain does not want. Pain does not want to be cold.
Pain could care less that winters look much better in white. Pain doesn’t care much for the ski trip you booked way back when. And pain could really, really care less for the fact that you look fantastic in [faux] fur.
Yet, year after year…. winter rolls on - and baby it’s cold outside.
Let’s warm it up a bit shall we? xx
(Pics via myself mostly. With a few Pinterest thrown in for good measure…)
You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self. Don’t turn away from possible futures before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them. You’re always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.” / Richard Bach, Illusions
12(ish) Days of Christmas Goals to a Happier, Healthier You!
Day 2: Be courageous! Take the road less travelled. Surprise yourself! Free-will is a human right. So, why not exercise it?
I feel as though this works for both normal life and “patient” life. What’s the point of continuing down the same path if it’s not working for you? Take a risk! Try something new. As scary as it might be: “guinea-pig-yourself”. Hell, it might just work. And if not? Put your free-will back into overdrive! As Bach says, “You’re always free to change your mind”.
Don’t allow your happiness to get tied up with complications…
If it sounds simple. It can be.
THIS I LOVE! - Spinning Glass for CRPS/RSD Awareness…
In general, when chronically struggling with the day-to-day ups and downs that come with a nerve disease whereby it feels as though one has been set on fire… one tends to avoid, oh… you know… all things, umm, well, fire related.
But this? A video staring a bright fiery kiln and burning hot glass, was far too good not to watch and even better not to share. I love it! The talent is overwhelming, and the fact that the artists did it for TheProject3x5’s Orange Initiative? Well, wow! That’s pretty incredible too…
Check out Alexi Hunter (with Mariel Waddell) of MJH Designs as he spins some ORANGE glass in honor of “NERVEmber” marking Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Month (CRPS/RSD).
TheProject3x5’s Orange Initiative for CRPS/RSD Awareness is still on, guys! More and more absolutely amaaaazing pictures & videos of people from all around the globe have been pouring in via Twitter & Email. If you want a sneak peek… some have been posted already to my Twitter feed, but check back here on the blog in a few as I’ll go ahead and put up some teaser pics.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the massive blog for CPRS/RSD awareness coming in just a few more days! Put on your best orange and let’s see what you’ve got. Did I mention that the best picture gets a prize? xx
My Gorgeous Godchild Olivia Is Up, UP… & Walking Away!
While suuuper clever (alright fine! I admit, I may be slightly biased…), this little human’s brain was but a blank canvas only a few months ago. Not to mention the fact that, as a baby, she doesn’t even have proper kneecaps just yet. Can you believe she’s up and away?
If you’re learning to walk or re-walk (as I once did), and/or on any other journey - whether it be of healing & recovery or a more simple one that life has thrown at you… Let little Livie be your inspiration! If she can do it, you can too!
Wash yourself clean. Allow yourself to be reborn! Step-by-step is the perfect way to learn. Fluency comes in time for everything. Your inner strength can move mountains. Tap into that (along with some serious patience!) and slowly but surely - you’ll get it!
Want to know a secret? It took approximately a year to get me walking again after my accident. Longer if you count stairs. Even longer if you count the fact that I only recently ditched the cane. Alright then, so I’ll admit… it’s taken almost 3 years for me to properly learn how to walk again.
I’ll try to dig up some footage of the intense physical therapy I went through. Pain, pools, panic. It’s all in there. Nothing pretty about it though. Apart from the peace that I feel now. (So many ‘p’ words! I know! This is like some sort of incredibly depressing Sesame Street segment…)
At the end of the day though (and I know how frustrating it is to hear this sometimes! bear with me!) we CAN walk. And through our physical lessons, we learn countless emotional ones as well. As our bodies grow stronger, so will we.
Amaze yourself. xx