I've got to make this a quick post, because I'm a woman on a mission! :)
This past Spring we got new kitchen cabinets to give us more space in our small condo. Today I decided that I needed to start putting our holiday decorations away. I started with the Halloween decorations, so I thought I'd put them up on the highest shelf of the tallest cabinet. I set all the items on the kitchen table, grabbed a chair to put in front of the cabinet and then looked at the shelf above me. I nervously grabbed on to the back of the chair, took a deep breath and climbed onto the seat. I am afraid of heights and have not yet had the chance to put thing up in high places. The fear of falling was defiantly there, but I knew I just had to do it!
Reaching above my head while standing on the chair was not an easy task, but you know what? I did it!! I didn't have to wait and ask my 6'7" husband to do it for me. It's an amazing feeling to know you can do so many new things on your own. I have come such a long way in this past two years. In fact, when I first began taking my new medication I felt like I was going to fall backwards all the time. Why, you may ask. I felt like I was going to fall backwards because I had NEVER stood up straight. The first 30 some years of my life was spent standing leaning forward. So, as I write this entry, the tears are stinging my eyes because I am so incredibly grateful that I can not only stand straight, but I can do it standing on a chair!
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!