07 May 2012
Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur's Inspirational Transformation!
A year ago I couldn't walk without a cane. (Severe and chronic plantar fasciitis.) Each step felt like walking on broken glass and I was convinced I would never be truly mobile again. For two years it grew progressively worse. I was in and out of a stylish 'boot,' doing physical therapy several times a week and living a handicapped lifestyle - car sign and everything. Grocery stores were torture and the idea of ever walking the streets of Paris again was a dream kissed good-bye.
Like Arthur, I couldn't exercise - or at least not the walking like I used to do. And I also gained weight. My mood was low, low, low and I crawled into my shell, pulling away from my normally social world.
But between foot surgery last October, swimming for an hour every other day, cutting out dairy and gluten from my diet, I'm getting it back. I'm getting ME back. My transformation hasn't been as dramatic as Arthur's, but boy, can I relate.
There is so much we take for granted when we're healthy. Things that I'm so grateful for and don't take for granted now. Hubbie and I WALKED the Inman Park Festival for our anniversary this year - something I couldn't do last year. I'm up to WALKING 1 1/2 miles with my dog on the weekends - something I couldn't do at all for a VERY long time.
And while my feet aren't perfect or 100% pain-free, I'll take this over where I was any day. I'm so grateful for where I am now, and the improvement I continue to show. I'm even dreaming of Paris again.
So, like Arthur says, "Never, Ever Give UP!" (Please watch his inspirational story below.) Go Arthur!!!