November – December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1
I remember when I could ride my bike, rollerblade, play racquetball, ski, hike, and work in the garden for hours on end. Then, seemingly all of a sudden, everything changed. Now there was a price to pay for my activities—PAIN in my neck, back, shoulders, hands, knees, and feet! Eventually, I developed a tear in my rotator cuff and, despite a doctor-prescribed steroid shot and physical therapy, I was never fully functional or pain-free again. I learned to compensate with the other arm and embrace new sleep positions.
One day while working in the garden, my back went out. I spent that summer unable to stand upright or walk without pain. I spent hours lying flat. After a few months, despair set in. As a 40-something mom of three young children, I was in no position to be down like this. My family needed me!
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