Monthly Archives: May 2013

#thathurts

I was first introduced to graston therapy in 2009 as part of my physiotherapy treatment. Graston involves the use of metal tools to break up scar tissue under a patient’s skin. The practitioner puts an emollient on the skin and … Continue reading

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#identity

I recently watched a documentary about a woman named Jaycee Lee Dugard. She was abducted when she was a little girl and was eventually rescued eighteen years later. She works with a therapist who said, ‘It happened to her but … Continue reading

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#humbled

I’ve been practicing pilates for five years now and it’s something I’m fairly comfortable with. I had a class with a new teacher tonight – at an entirely different studio than the one at which I normally train – and … Continue reading

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#evidence

When I started my rehabilitation in 2007, I worked with a massage therapist who believed that I couldn’t get better. She – and every other massage therapist – was trained to believe that cerebral palsy is incurable and to help … Continue reading

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#facingit

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. – Khalil Gibran Around this time last year, I had brunch with a friend who encouraged me to approach my rehabilitation differently. She said she’d watched … Continue reading

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#mindbodyconnection

I’ve had a tough last few days and it came through in my pilates class this afternoon. I wasn’t really ‘there’ or fully present in the exercise. I retreated into my own head and wasn’t using my breath or mind-body … Continue reading

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#semantics

I am disabled but I am not unhealthy. There’s a difference.    The brain trauma I suffered as child was a one-hit non-progressive case. I had mobility difficulties growing up but I wasn’t unhealthy. I ate well and slept well … Continue reading

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