Small steps call for small celebrations

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10 weeks, off pain medication has been quite a challenge. The intense pressure, pain in the neck, head and the left arm has been all over the place, but keeping busy and distracted has been one of the key factors in being able to manage pain and at the same time pacing and listening to the trigger warnings without pushing beyond my limit has helped.

Hurt is over, wound is closed & its a healing process

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The scar on my neck means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and its a healing process

Child pose, the easiest to do, became my toughest one to practice. It took me months before I finally was able to lift my head up without help or support. Even if its for a couple of minutes now I can hold it , it helps with stretching my back and spine, relaxing my mind and strengthening my legs

There is always a way to repurpose , realign and rearrange. My daily practice has helped my body get as strong as my mind

One of the many reasons

20190619_185931-01.jpegWith the man himself, Craig Norris, host of The Morning Edition on CBC Radio KW @cbckw891 at @communitech #truenorthfestival2019
As a true CBC News listener for over 12 years, when CBC KW started airing in the Region, Craig Norris was a familiar name in our household. Little did I know, I would be in studio at CBC Radio with Craig, interviewing me on my journey.
Humble and down to earth, he has been one of the many people who played a role in my interest in hosting my own radio show today , In Conversation with Rashmi #inconversationwithrashmi on CKMS102.7FM, Radio Waterloo

CELEBRATE MILESTONES

Are you sure the stuff you went through was serious enough?
You are just making stuff up
She has recovered completely
She just wants sympathy
If you are going through so much forget getting back to work, just focus on staying home, this is your life now

I have heard it all and more…🙂
But I am not here to explain any of the above but to share my journey, to share that giving up on YOU is not an option no matter what. It is not your job to make them understand , but it is your job to ignore the critics and KEEP ON GOING💫
Build YOUR TRIBE, don’t let others opinion of you stop you from achieving or living your life.

Excited and ready to take my next big step forward in this journey as I end my last session of  physio therapy and occupational therapy with my two fabulous therapists Sandra and Maria at CBI Health Center. They have worked on me for the last 8 weeks and have helped me push through as I take the big leap of gradually getting back to work next week. I will still be under their care as they monitor my progress for the next couple of months

CELEBRATE MILESTONES ! Give yourself a pat on the back for everything you have been through and remember how far you’ve come

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Next Big Step

CapbuhPushing really hard and beyond, instead of staying in bed and feeling sorry for myself,showing compassion to myself and really appreciating the things I can do and I am capable of, self talking myself (it’s hard work) to not get bogged down in things that don’t matter and making each day my best, learning to think neutral and baby step thoughts instead of thinking just positive all the time, surrounding myself with those who matter has made me a lot more determined to never give up and reach my goals. Life is adaptable and there are ever changing circumstances  whether you face challenges or not, that’s reality.

1 year, 8 months later, of which the toughest was 9 months in the neuro rehab. Now back in occupational and physio therapy, with just 3 more weeks left to go, finally got the much awaited news I have been pushing for a bit, knowing it will only do me good. I finally got approved to a gradual return to work plan, it’s a slow transition but a great start and I am so ready to take the next big step forward this mid June 2019

 

MIND is our most powerful tool & with that comes ATTITUDE

Our MIND is our most powerful tool & with that comes ATTITUDE, which is a little thing but makes a big difference. I don’t have control over every situation in my life, but when I wake up in the morning, I get to decide my attitude, if I want it to be my best day
– Permanent spinal cord damage, left arm severely nerve damaged, pins needles in the scalp, constant shocks in my body, all this could last 5 years or a lifetime
– Option, installing the spinal cord stimulator (this is for life, wires are installed along the spinal column. A surgical procedure I am not ready for)
Have heard it all & ACCEPTING my new normal gave me the ability to do the things I have been doing within my capacity.

Last appointment with my Neurosurgeon involved a detailed discussion of my reports & plan. A plan, which also includes me getting back to work. Yes, you heard that right😀 Quite shocked and surprised, but he knows me well, if I set my mind to something, I ain’t going to stop.
So, here I am back into a 8 week physio & occupational therapy to help me get to where I want to be with the wonderful team at CBI Health

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Occupational therapists who specialize in concussion therapy ( still suffer symptoms of concussion after I had a fall from the stairs after surgery)
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Physio Therapists, who will help me gain more strength in my left arm and fingers. Work on my left shoulder which has Suparscapular Neuropathy. An uncommon cause of shoulder pain and weakness, caused by direct trauma to the nerve.
They will work on strengthening my neck muscles so I can hold up my head for more than 3 hours
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Kinesiologists, who will help with my ability to function better
And yes, I am going to continue to do the things I wish to do and stick to my plans without letting fear or the world’s perspective interfere with creating my own.
As I continue my journey towards my healing , I can’t thank you guys enough. Not going to pick names, but you know who you all are. They say you are a reflection of the company you keep, to my family, friends and well wishers, love you always💕

Inspiration Series – Part 2

Honored to be speaking at the Inspiration Series – Part 2 on April 25th, 2019

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Posted by : Holistic Parent Magazine

Three events. Three speakers. Infinite inspiration.

Networking events brought to you by The Holistic Parent. Their unique events are geared towards connecting like-minded businesses and professionals together!

Part 2 features guest speaker Rashmi Sanjay, who will be speaking about how the worst moments of life can shape who we are for the better!

Rashmi has battled a rare spinal tumor and will be sharing her story with you! To read more about Rashmi and her journey battle a rare spinal tumor, read her article, Fighting With Faith, originally published in the Fall 2018 issue of The Holistic Parent: http://www.theholisticparent.ca/blog/2018/8/26/fighting-with-faith

Tickets are $15/event, includes coffee/tea and treats.

Each event will feature ample open networking time with many like-minded businesses, practitioners and professionals in a casual, welcoming environment.

To register, please follow the link…

https://form.jotform.com/90506798306262

How 285 Days Changed My Life Forever

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful ” – Malala

285 days in Neuro Rehab changed my life forever💫

On April 29th, I will be sharing my untold truth from a nightmare of being attacked by another patient the very first day I entered the neuro rehab (especially when you are completely trapped in your own body & unable to move) to spending the night in completely different area (amputee rehab) when hallucinations were at its peak. What life taught me very early on; to a choice I had of what I wanted to take from my journey and what I want YOU to take from my journey🌠

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