One year later and I’m taking back the main character role of my life. Step aside chronic pain, your time at center stage is over.
I’m no longer fighting a constant, terrorizing battle. My pain does not debilitate me like it did before. What once felt like an all powerful dictator, impossible to takeover, now feels more like an annoying pest. Bothering me in smaller doses. Reminding me of its existence but no longer running the show.
One year later and I barely use my ice packs. My cheeks touch my pillow. Traveling doesn’t revolve around freezers and plans don’t require warning of impending cancellation due to a disability I can’t control. I'm trying harder to feel good all around. Mascara, skincare, spontaneous adventures. My cheeks may be squeaky from time to time and sure, I have more facial pain than your average person, but I’m smiling! My mind has more room for dreams. My life has more time for fun.
Huge ginormous shoutout to Kevin So at Prosper LA for working with me since the beginning of my recovery to find the quickest path to relief. Kevin spent time researching my medical history and experimenting with different ideas that might be able to help. He immediately got rid of my post-surgery first-bite syndrome with a simple suggestion and worked on chiropractic adjustments and different myofascial techniques over the past year that guided me to where I am today. I recommend anyone in the Los Angeles area who is struggling with any type of physical challenge to book a consultation with Kevin or his fiancée, Claudia, who does acupuncture out of the same office. They are a dream team and I truly wouldn’t have gotten through this year as smoothly without them.
Another year, another life-changing challenge overcome. A monumental token earned through perseverance. My confidence in my ability to get through anything life hands me has once again sky rocketed to another level.
The key ingredient to an unwavering fulfilling life is clear. Everything comes easier with emotional intelligence. Learning how to cope with hardships, tackle obstacles, stay strong when faced with fearful or upsetting news. Building EQ is the key to maintaining control of your emotions, relationships, unplanned or unwanted circumstances, and remaining positive no matter what.
While I couldn’t have done any of this without Dr. Wolford, my rockstar surgeon, my mindset once again carried me through. Led me to this win. Success was the only option and I chose to eliminate unnecessary suffering in that journey. I took what lemons life gave me and I made the sweetest lemonade possible out of them. If you haven’t yet discovered just how powerful your mind is, get excited. That discovery is waiting for you and it will be your weapon and your shield. It will change everything for the better.