Friday, October 2, 2009

I'm Ready,,, Are You?

I have been wanting to do this blog for a while now. Its been something I have given alot of thought to. I guess the first thing I should do is explain my reason for this blog and that begins with my personal story. I will try and keep it short. lol When I was born, I was premature and very small. My hips were not fully developed so I was put in a full body cast for the first year of my life. I am not sure they still do this with modern medicine, but this worked very well for me. Had they not done this I would not have been able to walk. I had a very normal life for a good 45 years. I could walk and had a normal childhood. (except I was always somewhat accident prone.) But about 5 years ago my right hip has started breaking down. It is getting worse and is not anything that can be operated on. Its painful most of the time. I have to use a cane and I am really not happy about it at all. I dont every write about this on my other blog. I dont dwell on this, and I dont let it take over my life,,,,, however I know their are more people out there like myself. Who have limited mobility. I have put weight on because of the immobility issue. Every Dr. I have seen, including ortho specialist all say the exact same thing when I ask how do I exercise... "Well, do the best you can." Meaning they dont know. I cant believe its just me. When you watch tv shows and here authorities on health and weightloss they all say how crucial cardio is to weightloss, bone loss and health. So people such as myself are not able to be helped? I just refuse to believe this anymore. One example I have, I am a huge fan of The Biggest Looser. Dont get me wrong, I love the show. One of the girls on the show had a stress fracture in her knee and was told the only physical activity to be done was swimming. So there was a 60 second segment of Bob giving her a cup of yogurt and telling her to hit the pool. You did not see her again on that show until the final weigh in. She has a mobility issue so go on out to the pool and do the best you can?
Ok, you see where I am going here. :) I just wanted to start a place where a community could grow and we could support one another to find whatever answers and whatever may work and pass it on. Everyone is welcome. I would love to hear from you! I will post articles, links and ideas. I would love to share ideas from you. I am not a doctor, I am not giving any medical advice. I just feel like this is a group of people that doesnt fit the norm and would like to create a place for support and encouragement. So Welcome, I hope we all find our inspiration to our own greatness.


  1. HI Gail,
    Congratulations on your new blog. Reading your story is very inspiring and motivating. Thanks for sharing it. I am looking forward to reading your posts. I have had back issues most of my life, so I know some of your posts will help me too.

  2. Gail this blog is so thoughtful and I wish you every success. Although I do not have any problems myself, as you know my MIL is wheelchair bound, so I am aware of the trials you all face.

    Hugs x

  3. Hi Gail! This is going to be such a great place for strength and learning. Thanks for sharing your story. To make a short story long, weight has been a battle for me my entire life. Two years ago in December I felt a change come over me while taking a certain antibiotic. It was Christmas Eve and we were out to dinner and I felt as if someone was beating me with a sledge hammer. My left leg began being in pain then. It seems muscle related to me. I have persued many drs. and no one has answers for me. The antibiotic I was on can cause "torn tendons" and my dr. told me I could never take it again. I researched this too. In the meantime I go to dr. after dr. after dr. trying to get relief all to no avail. Now for some reason or no reason I took two bad falls. I need to strengthen myself to be able to get up from any fall or just life in general. I am looking forward to this blog for ideas to move to better health. Thanks Gail!

  4. Hi Gail!
    Your new blog idea is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your story with all of us! I think this blog will give support to all who visits!

  5. Hi Gail,
    I am just finding your new blog. Thank you so much for sharing your story. It really helps to know that others struggle as well. You may already be aware that I am physically disabled. I, like you, don't really talk about my limitations. I was born with Arthrogriposis, which is a mucular disease. I walk on crutches so I understand what you are going through. I think your blog is a wonderful idea! Keep up the great work!


  6. Hi Gail,
    I, like you, suffer from a mobility issue. Mine is rheumatoid arthritis. I was diagnosed 15 years ago and have been on daily predisone for 14 of those. The drug itself has taken its toll. But I would rather be able to walk (well, maybe hobble around is a better description) and turn my head than to be thin.
    I understand how hard it is to turn down requests to help out with things that just a few years ago would have been a piece of cake. Sometimes it is so depressing and you just feel useless and lazy and I'm sure you are neither. I've been known to throw pity parties for myself with me as the only attendee.
    I'm certain this blog will be helpful to those who are physically challenged in some way and to those who aren't.
    Thank you for sharing your story.