|Deb working with Josh Hunt at Orthopedic Physical Therapy|
Josh started me out very slowly, with the goal of being able to start kayaking in July. And we did it! I have started kayaking again, but I am only up to 10 miles so far, and on easy water. It will still be some time before I can do the extreme kayaking necessary to finish up the Kayak for Safe Passage Kids Expedition.
Before I found Josh, I was beginning to get very discouraged, and wondered if I was destined for a life of chronic pain. The thought of not being able to be active outdoors was so depressing. Fortunately, Josh acted as a detective and figured out the exact problems by trying different approaches so that I could keep making forward progress. I appreciated that he could send me to a password protected website where he assigned specific exercises for me. He even crafted special exercises, specific to the kayaking motions I need.
|Deb working on kayaking motions|
I'm still not pain free, but the big difference is that I finally believe I can be pain free within a year. And as Mirna, the mother from Safe Passage, told me, "If you believe you can do it, you can do it." Some people think that I am inspiring the children and the parents at Safe Passage by doing this expedition. But we know that it is they who are inspiring me to continue on!