To say I’m overwhelmed would be an understatement. I’ve spent the last few years of my life waking up to pain, walking through pain, and going to bed in pain… all caused by simply being on my feet for a short duration during the day. I had given up on my athletic ways and cut out even simple tasks like taking a walk or spending a night out on the town. On Friday August 29, 2014 all of that changed.
I went to the Hanger Clinic in Gig Harbor, WA and got my custom made IDEO. I started by rocking in place, then walking, then shuffling side to side, and then it happened: at 7 minutes of having it on I was running full speed. In the 2 1/2 hours I spent at my first training session I was doing things I haven’t done in years. I also quickly realized how out of shape I was… but I wouldn’t ask for anything more than being a sweaty, tired mess because it meant I was finally active again.
I spent the weekend shoe shopping, walking around the mall, going to a Mariners game and standing the entire time at a restaurant patio, and wandering around on the town with friends. A weekend like that would have had me popping pain meds and icing my foot for hours in the past. I felt nothing other than some sore muscles that I haven’t used in a while. It’s incredible!
I’ve had a few breakdowns since getting my IDEO. I will be fine and then all of a sudden it will hit me: my life has officially changed gears. I’ve been dreaming about this for so long and it’s finally happened… and I just want to go go go! I wouldn’t be at this moment without all of the love and support I have received from my family, friends, and even complete strangers. I want to say “Thank You” with everything in my heart for what you have done for me. Someday I may be able to put into words the gratitude I feel, but for now I can only cry and say “Thank You” with all of my love and gratitude.
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