This story was very inspiring to me because I have been struggling to recover from my hip surgery for the past year. The book reminded me a lot of myself. Many people with serious injuries that result in chronic pain have trouble progressing through the 5 stages of grief (source):
- Denial and Isolation.
At first, we tend to deny the loss has taken place, and may withdraw from our usual social contacts.
The grieving person may then be furious at the person who inflicted the hurt (even if she's dead), or at the world, for letting it happen. He may be angry with himself for letting the event take place, even if, realistically, nothing could have stopped it.
Now the grieving person may make bargains with God, asking, "If I do this, will you take away the loss?"
The person feels numb, although anger and sadness may remain underneath.
This is when the anger, sadness and mourning have tapered off. The person simply accepts the reality of the loss.
This book has really inspired me because if someone can fight back from such a terrible situation and regain their life in way that makes them happy then why can't I? If a 40 year old can be run over by a bus and 3 years later do a marathon, then why can't I? So... I know it will be slow going and I know I may not make it to where I would like to be, but I am going to do my best to strengthen my muscles and increase my endurance. I am going to see about having some personal training sessions - more for the assistance in making a workout plan than in learning how to workout. I cannot do a whole hour of cardio exercise but I have to do a whole hour of pt so I need some help figuring out what I can I do without causing pain or injury. The good thing is that they are finally letting me go to the gym during pt so I can use the elliptical and stationary bikes. After my 20 min that I can stand on those (10 min each) then I can do weight lifting the rest of the time.
Ok, so back to the art journal right? I just wrote a bit about the book and how it inspired me - its nothing fancy:
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with anything difficult in their life (especially if its a physical ailment) then I completely recommend this book. If you are perfectly healthy and need some inspiration to push yourself hard then I completely recommend this book. It was a great book and it moved me to tears several times.
For list it Tuesday... I have this list I made trying to write down all my to-dos:
Other art that I've made in the past few days that somehow got passed over on the blog:
|Zentangle in my small art journal|
This is kinda of out of order but tomorrow I go to have my knees x-rayed to see if anything is wrong with them. I am pretty sure the x-ray will be just fine which means then I will have to ask for an MRI. There has to be a reason why they swell up and hurt, right? Anyways, as soon as I get the results I'll fill you guys in!
Also big announcement: I finally submitted my complete application for the FSU Graduate Art Therapy Program. So, my part is done, and I have 3 out of 4 (3 is the minimum requirement) letters of recommendation already submitted as well. Its 100% done. Now I just wait to see if I get accepted. Everyone think good thoughts!
Ok, well friends, that is all for now. Hope to see you tomorrow. Again, I recommend the book - you should read it.