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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stairs, Cars & Walkers - Oh my!


Yesterday I kicked butt in physical therapy and I conquered the world of stairs. Okay there were only four stairs but with my heavy boot on to protect my broken ankle it felt like I hiked Mt. Everest. When I got to the top of course their were cheers all around the gym and lots of photos were taken.

During my time in Physical Therapy I have often sat back and had emotions of envy and jealousy as the more mature ladies and gentleman in the facility would cruise right in front of me in their walkers. I thought, when is it going to be my turn to get up and cruise with a walker. A walker? Who would have thought that I completed a half marathon in Moab in the fall of 2008 and now here it is 2010 and I have to learn to use a walker to simply walk.

Yesterday I achieved the impossible. I, along with my walker completed a 54 feet walk in the physical therapy gym! It felt great as the wind in my hair blew and as the sweat dripped down my face. I told myself this is it, I am going to make it to the Olympics. I started looking for the finish line and realized - 54 feet is not much distance but it was the distance in my heart that mattered because I had achieved a great goal.

Today - Sophie Lofie and Damon Doodle Noodle - parked their cars and I learned how to slide into the passenger seat. This means freedom! Once I got into Sophie's car - I asked her to hit the gas pedal and let's go to Vegas - Then I got into Damon's car and it was the same car I always remembered it to be. I then turned to Damon and said put the pedal to the metal and let's break away from this joint. However the fear of driving came back to me.

It is going to take a lot of bravery and courage for me to be in a car and drive places. Driving is something that is going to take a long time for me to work through. Please remember to not use your cell phones while driving. I have decided to take a pledge with my "sista" from Cali that no talking or texting is worth getting in an accident. We have decided to join Oprah's no phone zone to take the pledge, I encourage you to do the same. Also, remember to wear your seat-belt, I know that wearing my seat-belt saved my life.

Cheers!

15 comments:

nennermommy said...

Corrine I am so excited!!!! Great job girl! I miss you! I was just thinking did I text you back? :( Hope to see you soon? when is a good time?

XOXOXOXO

Julie said...

Way to go, Corrine! I'm so proud of you for working so hard in PT. You are truly my inspiration. It was so good hearing your & Damon's voices the other night. We love & miss you guys.

Jessica said...

Go Corrine! I imagine the car will have PTSD issues with it for a long time, if not forever. But, you'll get the hang of it eventually. You are doing amazing!

I love reading your updates. You have a great writing style.

Tiff and Kyle said...

I am so excited to see you up and about! All of my family believes in not talking/texting/using the phone in anyway while you are in the driver seat.
I am so excited for you. I love you my strong Wonder Woman!

Amber said...

Go, Go, Go!!
Here is a great quote about impossible....
Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.-Muhammad Ali
Congrats on all your hard work and accomplishments...we are all cheering for you!

Mira said...

You are amazing Corrine. =)

Kim said...

Corrine---you ROCK!!! You are a great example and thanks for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and fears so openly.

C-ya

PS. I hope that you walk/hop-a-long so much that you wear out the soles on your shoes!!!

Alyson Walter said...

It is fantastic to read about the steady progress you are making Corrine! You have such an optimistic way of seeing the world and that is serving you well now! As is the time spent working at good ol' SDCH 3rd floor!

Tanya said...

Yay! That is amazing progress. I'm so glad things are coming along.

It's fun to read your own updates on your blog. You're so awesome!

Anonymous said...

Yay! way to go cuz! you are doing so good! you are so strong! We love you!! Love Lesley

Twisted Sweeties said...

Good job, Corrine! Congratulations on all your accomplishments. Hope to see you soon. Keep up the hard work!

Krissie said...

Keep up the great work Corrine, we are all so proud of you! You rock!

Kayla said...
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Kayla said...

Corrine, I'm so proud of you!!!! You are doing so great!!!!! I'm so so so extremly sorry I haven't been up to see you... I love you so much Cous!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Corrine.....Congrats!! I am so proud of you! YOu are such a strong person :) We love you and think you so often.....
Jenn