Ever since I had the muscle transfer when I was 12 years old, I have had problems with my knees. I do my best to grin and bear it without complaining to others. For some reason my left knee was giving me more problems than normal today (I think a thunderstorm is coming tonight). I knew I needed to go to the YMCA, but at the same time I wasn't sure if I wanted to make the effort since my walk is a bit off with the current knee issue. I sucked it up and went anyway.
I decided to take it easy and ride the recumbent bike rather than walk the track. When I began pedaling, I could feel the grinding on the inside of my knee cap. Because I know my joints and muscles so well, I knew that riding the bike would help. Four miles later, I realized that the discomfort was gone and I couldn't help but smile. I was able to walk out of the gym feeling better than I did going in, which is the whole point, right?
Going to the gym isn't my favorite thing to do in the world, but I know it helps me. Plus, I know that my situation could be much worse. Tonight I'm going to relax and give thanks for the little things in life.
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!