I have always loved the idea of traveling. It didn’t matter to me that I couldn’t walk to all the important sites and that I could only see the beautiful views from the car window. I still wanted to see as much as I could. Luckily for me, my husband enjoys site seeing and back in the day he would carry me to any sites that I had to get a glimpse of.
This past week, I was fortunate to spend a week up in the Boundary Waters at the lovely Kawishiwi Lodge. It’s as close to the beauty as one could get while still staying in a cabin with running water and a nice cozy bed. Sure, I’d enjoy taking off for a week and roughing it in a tent, but at this point in time, I’m not quite sure how my Dopa Responsive Dystonia would handle it (the 5 hour drive was hard on my back and neck). But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to get out there and see some of the Boundary Waters of Minnesota.
As many of you know, if I’m given an opportunity to try something new, I have to do it, even if that means pain afterwards. So, while in the Boundary Waters, Steve and I took a two hour paddle into God’s Lakeland via a canoe. The beauty is unexplainable and the sounds can be deafening. And I loved every second of it! Steve and I saw a little duckling chirping for its’ mother, turtles sitting on logs in the water and rocks bigger than many buildings downtowns Minneapolis. These are all things, that one can’t see from the comforts of their own car and I’m grateful that I have the physical capabilities to get out there and experience it first hand, even if that means extra knots in my back for the next couple days.
After living the first 33 years of my life thinking I had Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebal Palsey, I was correctly diagnosed with Dopa Responsive Dystonia (DRD). I am on new medication and doing things that I never imagined possible. This has changed the lives of my husband and two daughters. I truly believe that I am living a miracle each and every day. Life can't get any better than this!