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A Journey of Recovery: It’s all in the mind

I didn’t expect that a week after my ill fated 10K race (see my post, “A Case of Pride)” I would still be limping around, unable to practice karate or even walk on the beach!  I was starting to feel sorry for myself and even caught myself making light of it by calling myself a “cripple” – YIKES! I don’t want to own that thought form! Now I have reformed that negative statement that was so telling about how I was feeling about myself into a more positive self identity as an “athlete recovering from an injury” (it’s all in how you hold it.)

 In February of 1983 (I’ll never forget that date) I was in a very serious airplane crash and the doctors told me I would never again be able to do the things I loved like karate, tennis, skiing, running, and maybe even walking! I had so many injuries; the only thing that didn’t seem to hurt was my left shoulder! I was hospitalized for a week and bedridden for a couple of months; my pelvic region was all fractured and I had super flexion of the spine, multiple broken bones, back and neck injuries that took years to heal, and my sits bones (the bones you sit on) were broken, so I couldn’t stand, sit, or even lie comfortably. It’s a long story I’ll go into another time, but the point is, I am totally convinced that my complete healing is a result of the fact that I never allowed myself to feel that I was a victim and never thought I would be crippled forever.  I always visualized myself doing all the things I loved and would not allow my friends to feel sorry for me.  I needed their strength, not their sympathy! I used only natural healing methods and refused surgery and drugs (even for pain). I found self hypnosis to be really helpful for pain and visualization techniques helped me direct my healing. I actually imagined my bones and soft tissue (ligaments and cartilage) healing. And I did, miraculously heal of my injuries 100% in spite of what the doctors told me.

 I was not the model patient; I refused all traditional treatment (other than a cast to immobilize a broken leg). I questioned everything and listened to what they had to say, but never really felt they were talking about me – I knew I was different and refused to buy their prognosis. Instead, I became my own doctor guiding other health care practitioners: I had a variety of body work modalities: massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and guided imagery.  I recall the day I had my cast removed, the doctor was amazed to see that my leg, after being in a cast for 6 weeks, had not experienced any atrophy. He didn’t understand how that could be, since some amount of atrophy with a complete plaster cast was inevitable. I told him I was having massage everyday and when the therapist massaged the leg that was not in a cast, I concentrated on exactly how it felt, so when he went to other leg the and massaged it, I visualized how that felt to be massaged, even though it was in a cast (that’s right, I asked him to treat the injured leg, even though it was in a cast, the same way he treated the other leg). Sounds crazy, but our minds are much more powerful than we give credit and I wanted my mind to direct healing into that injured leg and not just ignore it.

 Having a case of “runners knee” is helping to remind me about the incredible power of conscious creative thought and how amazing our bodies and minds are.  We can not separate our bodies and our minds. We will manifest what we think we are, so why not consciously create what we want — rather than what we fear or what others tell us we are or will become.  Of course, taking other steps to manifest healing is important too. Eating the right foods, using essential oils and supplements, having body work and physical therapy all have been important in my personal healing journey. And, perhaps some of their power comes for our willingness to accept that it will help. How much of it is the power of the mind and how much is the body being activated to heal as a result of the other influences? Who knows, I just do it all and it is all an affirmation of the power of the body to heal itself given the right tools.

 My good friend and essential oils guru diva, Amy Bacheller, gave me some great advice about which Young Living essential oils to use to speed recovery from my knee injury.  She recommends:

  • Valor on the soles of the feet for grounding and alignment, 2x/day
  • PanAway layered with Peppermint diluted with a massage oil (could be olive oil) rubbed ALL over both knees. Do this at least 2x/day but more would be better. Helps with pain, inflammation and healing.
  • Try alternating PanAway and Peppermint oil with Idaho Balsam Fir oil layered with Copaiba oil. They are both wonderful anti-inflammatories. 

I will definitely take her advice, since she has been very helpful to me in the past. And, yes I am using Arnica gel and RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), and I plan to get acupuncture – I’ll do all that AND perhaps even more important, I will believe that they all are working toAmy Bacheller heal my knee completely!

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A Case of Pride

 I’m home with “runners knee” and it has me taking a long hard look at my behavior. I stopped running 12 years ago in favor of sports that don’t include running on pavement, but when I heard that some of our staff were planning to run in the annual Whale Run and Walk along the beach near Living Light,  Dan and I decided to join them. Of course, we could have walked, since neither of us has been running for years. Or we could have chosen to run the 5K instead of the 10 K, but we decided to take the challenge and run the 10K (just over 6 miles) even though we only had a week to train. Crazy? Yeah, now that I look back on it – definitely foolish given the fact that I stopped running because my joints were starting to feel the jarring pavement. But, Dan and I both work out daily; we practice karate (I am a black belt three times over) and we often speed walk 8 miles on weekends in addition to our daily aerobic workouts. Still after our first 6K practice run, neither of us could walk downstairs without wincing! Then we went for a 7.5K run and my ankles started to hurt. That should have been a warning, but NO…I was determined to run that 10K and by god/goddess, I was going to do it (even though my knee was hurting when I got out of bed the morning of the race! )

 So. because I always look for the lessons life offers (especially the painful ones) I’m looking into it. Sure, I can push my body and run 10K (did I say I did it?) but in order to run it, I had to ignore my body. There goes the pact I made with my mind and body years ago when I promised to listen to warnings that I was going down the wrong (unhealthy) path. So, basically, I let my pride rule me instead of listening to my body. I didn’t want to pull out when I had told everyone my goal was to run the whole thing and not walk any of it, even though I have not done that for 12 years. I am going to be 65 this year and maybe that is part of it. I want to make sure I don’t act my age and admit there are things I can’t do anymore.

 Did I have fun? Yeah it was fun and I was proud I did it (there is that word again: PROUD) but was it worth it to ignore my body and push it beyond its limits? Was it worth it to give up my normal training routine, miss karate and miss my daily aerobic exercise due to a knee injury? Ask me once the pain is gone and I am working out again. It’s easy to say, “no it wasn’t worth it”, but once the pain is gone, the only memory will be that I trained for a 10K in a week and accomplished it. Foolish as it might have been, I guess my ego still rules because here I am writing about it! And fact is, there aren’t too many things I can’t do that I did when I was 30. Well, I won’t be competing in any karate tournaments, and I won’t be doing any ski racing, and 10K runs might be a thing of the past…but I feel great and maybe that’s why I didn’t doubt that I could run that 10K. And the truth is, other than the knee pain, I felt great after the race. So, yeah, I’m pretty PROUD that at 65 I can still run 10K. Who knows maybe I’ll do it again next year.

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