I can't believe that I biffed it in the Costco parking lot. I had barely gotten John out of the car and I slipped on a puddle of water and found myself sitting on the wet asphalt. I hurt my knee, my ankle and my pride.
It's been two years since I've fallen out in public. Falling had been a part of my daily routine, so I can handle a little embarrassment in front of all those Costco shoppers. When a woman came over and asked if I was okay, I couldn't help but think that she has no idea that I used to use a scooter to do my shopping. It never crossed her mind that there was a day when I fell all the time. To her, I was just a mom running errands.
Even though my knee is skinned up and my ankle still hurts, I'm glad that I fell on my tail today. It made me realize that I need to take time out of my day to thank God that I can do so many things that I couldn't do before. Yes, my pride was bruised, but I know that I no longer have to worry about falling every time I take a step. Of course my balance isn't the same as most, but I can do so much with my life. I just need to make sure that I don't take it for granted.
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!