Chronic Back Pain? xx
(Image via Alejandro Annicharico)
If Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Here’s something to help all those suffering today! xx
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Case of the Mondays? Let’s Shake that Up…
Good Morning from California! It’s the start of a brand new week and if you’re anything like me, your feet are likely dragging a little as you struggle to get back in to your groove. So how about this? Instead of filling up on caffeine like it’s going out of style, start your week off with this insanely inspirational video of which I’ve never quite seen the like!
Follow Arthur - a disabled Gulf War Veteran - on a near miraculous journey back to health, as he practices yoga to challenge the ‘medical diagnosis’ that he will never walk again.
Be motivated!!! After all, there’s really no better time than the present. Am I right? Wipe those tired eyes, lift those dragging feet, and - no matter how cheesy this next line may be - PROUDLY make today the “first day of the rest of your life!”
I’m right there with you taking my own advice on this one! Not gonna lie, I’m also right there with you sobbing my eyes out because of this video. Ha! Hope everyone had a grand weekend. - Danielle xx
(Video via YouTube)
No matter how much pain you may be in, or how much difficulty you may currently be having walking… taking that final plunge to publicly use a walking stick can understandably be a terribly difficult decision to finally come to.
You may feel embarrassed, or possibly more aware of your current state as a few extra stares ignorantly head your way. Then there’s the emotional issue of having to face facts - that you currently, maybe permanently, need a little extra something to lean on. Of course, as a perfectly normal human being, you’ll probably feel a little vain about it too…
And this is where Snoop Dogg (of all people!) comes in to play…
Check out Snoop Dogg and his pimp stick! He certainly doesn’t seem to have any shame in it, right? So what’s the moral of this story? Well, honestly, I can’t think of anything more ‘pimp’ than your bravery, your strength, and your courage. So where’s the shame in physically showing that off to the world!? If Snoop can carry a pimp stick just for fun… you can most definitely have a walking stick as a symbol of your fight and just how much you’ve been through.
If and when you falter, just remember you’re a P-I-M-P.
-Lots of love & hope everyone is having a great Saturday. Danielle xx
(Image via Terry’s Diary)
Take a second to truly and honestly turn inwards. Be honest with yourself for a minute. Think about society. Breathe. Clear your mind. Are you ready? Ok, good :)
Have you ever noticed how far too often, when we hear that someone is chronically ill, ‘sick’, for all intents and purposes - ‘flawed’… we often look past them?
It’s ironically interesting how much we’re almost subconsciously trained to blind ourselves to how much more there is behind the cane, the drawling speech, the treatments, the anxiety etc. Trained to blind ourselves and focus solely on what our eyes can see rather than what our minds can think and gather.
When most people hear the words, “X has a chronic illness,” their minds fill with the obvious. But beyond the physical, there is so much more going on. NORMALITY to start!!! Wisdom and maturity for seconds! And an incredibly interesting life story to boot. Like I said, there is so much going on… and we can all choose to make that a hell of a thing.
Am I this?
Or am I this?
Lots of love, Danielle xx
(For the record, I believe people are good. People are great! I love people and I love you all! I just believe there needs to be a shift in first perceptions. A “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” sort of thing. I feel that if you honestly turn inwards, you’ll feel this way too. xx)
When the following card arrived, along with a package, all the way from Azerbaijan in the post - I was blown away that reader Leisa had taken the time to think of me. The card did indeed make me smile! It was such a genuine gesture, and so incredibly thoughtful that she’d taken such lengths to find ORANGE in honor of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy awareness!
Just that simple thought alone would have been more than enough for me! In fact, a simple comment, email or tweet does wonders for my spirit (and for those pesky wrinkle lines being created by all the smiles y’all bring!) So, when I opened Leisa’s package, I was floored…
“Thought you might like it,” may be the understatement of the century! I LOVE it. How unexpected and again, so incredibly thoughtful!
I’ve called it before, but I think it’s safe to now say it’s official: TheProject3x5 has the best readers in the world :) Thank you so much, Leisa!!! And love to everyone else who reads me, thinks about me, prays for me, writes to me - anything. It never goes unnoticed.
All my love, Danielle xx