During the month of May I’ll be completing an Iron Man Style Challenge using robotic gait training 🤖🦾👣. In a usual lokomat session I do about 45-50 minutes, at alternating speeds, taking around 2000 steps resulting in a distance of approximately 1.4km. For the month of May I set out a challenge to do a 2km walk everyday, so Mon-Fri, hoping to reach 40km in the overall distance 😅. Do you think I can do it? 🤔🤞🏼💪🏼
My main goal is to achieve the distance I set out for myself in order to raise money for the An Saol Foundation, where I currently do my rehabilitation.
I’m asking you all kindly to support me and cheer me on throughout the process! I’m very excited 🤗- love a challenge! Please DONATE and/or SHARE on my behalf using the link below 👇🏼 and watch my blog/social media platforms for updates! #IronMonth
🦋 “When you hear the word ‘disabled,’ people immediately think about people who can’t walk or talk or do everything that people take for granted. Now, I take nothing for granted. But I find the real disability is people who can’t find joy in life and are bitter.” 🦋
The GIF above ☝🏼is literally me for the past few days…👩🏻💻💁🏻♀️😅😅😅 can you imagine?! I decided to take a little break from revising to write an update post here. It’s crazy, but the semester 1 of my first year Nutrition Diploma is coming to an end (time flies when you’re having fun 🤩💃!). I have to do an exam before the end of March, and it’s the first one since like 2015 (when I was finishing college), so I’m a little rusty 🤭🤷🏻♀️, but hey! No excuses! 💪🏼
Before being able to dig into Nutrition in year two, the first year is all about Biomedicine, so Human anatomy, how the body works, all the bodily systems, etc. 🤯. The more I learn about it now, the more amazed I’m about the human body 🥰. It’s really incredible how we’re made, and how our bodies work, actually it’s hard to believe 🙉 kind of overwhelming! Millions of reactions happening in a minute… our bodies are just amazing! It must have been a very special power that created us, just something out of this world!
I believe now, more than ever that our body has the potential to heal itself, always working hard to achieve homeostasis (balance), but most of the time we don’t help it, instead we bring it down with our lifestyle 😓🤷🏻♀️.
End of semester one exam covers:
Cells and Histology
This is just semester 1 (about half of bodily systems covered), so wish me luck 🍀, keep your fingers crossed 🤞🏼, and watch this space for an update on how it went! 😉🙃
It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t end with a quote…🦋🌻
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
~ Nelson Mandela
However, Aristotle said: “Educating the mind, without educating the heart is no education at all”- that’s why I’m working on a post with a content for our hearts and souls next💜Coming soon to my health blog❗️👇🏼🦋
I’ve been working on this project for the past few months and it’s HERE, it’s READY❗️One of my New Year Resolutions was to launch it in January 2021, so I just made it 😅🙉✅, as tomorrow is already February. Check it out, subscribe, share, follow me on Instagram ❤️ Have a lovely Sunday! 🦋
This morning I got the news I dreaded getting for the last couple of weeks…😔😢 and “although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, looking back in memory will help comfort us tomorrow”… while sobbing, I felt the need to write ✍🏼…
You lost your battle this morning, but to me You’re a winner! I met you so unexpectedly, and getting to know you turned into a real friendship. It’s so true when they say “you never know when you’re seeing someone for the last time” … if I knew back then I’d hug you so much harder, and tell you so much more… However I am thankful that’s how I’ll remember you. Happy, positive, always smiling amongst so many other things…Your energy, bravery, love for life were inspirational and infectious. You brought so much into my life, and taught me so many things. I heard someone saying recently that it’s better to know a person and lose them, than to never know them at all. And it’s so true… I’d always choose meeting you and having you in my life, and go through this terrible pain and sorrow losing you, than never meeting you at all. People are remembered by what they bring into someone’s life, not by what they have. And that’s exactly what you have been doing. You were giving so much of yourself to others…This is why the memory of you WILL NEVER DIE ❤️ You have always been telling me that I’ll walk again, I could feel you really believed it. You were always a huge support, my biggest cheerleader! 👭👩❤️👩 When I met you I knew straight away that I met my angel, and now you’re my angel in heaven 😇🙏🏼. And you know what?! You’ll see me walk, just from a different dimension! (A place where there’s no pain or suffering…) I promise! 💪🏼👣
Thank you for everything! You made me stronger, equipped me with some powerful tools, that I can especially use now in this tough time, learning of your passing. You’re not here physically anymore, but I will emphasise the word “physically”. You just left the physical body to live an eternal life🤍🕊🤍
I’ll always love you and I’ll never forget you, my love for shiatsu won’t ever die 🦋 I know that I’ve met you for a reason! I’m really grateful that I had the pleasure of knowing you. Until we meet again Miss T💕 You meant, you mean and You’ll forever mean so much to me… My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time! 🙏🏼
“A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does the memory and love of our loved ones are sealed inside to comfort us…”
🦋 When You lose someone that you love, You gain an angel that you know 🦋
Firstly, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas 🎄! Filled with LOVE 💗 and FAMILY time👨👩👧, because that’s what this special time really is all about! Let’s not forget that…😇🙏🏼
What a year it has been! 😅🙉 For me personally, not a bad one at all! A year of extreme self development, reflection, awakening, positive changes, and even more time spent with family☺️👨👩👧. It was also a year of blogging about my brain injury and my journey. I can officially say I completed ✅ presenting my voyage from the start, going back to the end of year 2015-when it all began, and finishing on the current year (where I’m today on this tough ride🙉🙋🏻♀️💁🏻♀️). Wow 🤩 5 years of my life shrunk down in blog posts😅…well in a nutshell 🥜🤣!
I’ve learnt a lot this year! Definitely upgraded my overall knowledge. I started the lokomat therapy, a Diploma Course in a subject that I’m passionate about, but most importantly I left Orwell for good!😌 I know of people who changed careers, started doing different things, changed themselves, overall just made decisions they probably wouldn’t have made if this year wasn’t like it was. So as I say; “everything happens for a reason”. Yet again this statement proves itself to be true…💯! Because of all this madness, I was spending more and more time at home, it really opened my eyes 👀 and my parents’ eyes 👀. The lokomat therapy became my routine since September, and that added to our decision. At the end of the day mental health 🧘🏻♀️is very important! Once everything is healthy & straight in your head, you’ve the strength required to keep fighting! 👊🏼💪🏼👣
This year I learnt a lot about how this world really works and how we’re being lied to left, right & centre! 2020 assured me that media of any kind, be it tv, radio, social media platforms…were all just created to brainwash people 🤯 “repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it”. There’s “programmes” on tv, and it’s not just a coincidence why they were named as such😅🙄, their main purpose is to “programme” us! Literally. 🤨🤖 like robots 🤖.
My mum just told me a few days ago about reading this saying somewhere: Brainwash yourself before the world does it for you- Very smart words! I thought 🥰 That’s why listening to something inspirational, like affirmations over and over again becomes your truth. It’s installed in your brain 🧠. Very useful tool 🤩‼️I’m controlling what goes in, instead of letting others do it for me🥰⬇️.
I’ve seen this saying recently and I can’t agree more! 💯⬇️
I was just telling my parents the other day that yes this year is specific and yes it’s absolutely crazy 🙄 (I won’t comment what I think of it🤐), but we’ve been living like it’s no different to any other year… I’m kind of in my own little world/cocoon 🐛🦋 to be specific. Just doing my own thing, continuing the usual routine..blogging, physiotherapy and definitely not following (stupid & illogical) rules. 🤗
🦋 When rules are too stupid to follow, a Rebellion rises 🦋
I was thinking for the past few weeks, to be exact since October/November about starting a new project. Very quickly the idea of a new blog came to me. I knew straight away what subject it’d be on, since I’m so passionate about it, and started college to upgrade my knowledge also🤓🧐. I started working on it back then, writing, researching, brainstorming and thinking about it all. I’ve to say it’s keeping me very busy! So yeah, watch this space! 😉😜💁🏻♀️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ (I even have a logo) 😍 #excited
I believe that the natural/alternative ways are the future. Food & lifestyle being the core of health. Very often conventional medicine hasn’t much to offer, in many situations. Therefore educating yourself by reading (I’ll do the hard work for you-the research 🔬) is very important. I remember when I was a resident in a nursing home (and absolutely hated the food most of the time, as mentioned in my previous post) I just asked one question: “do we have a nutritionist here?” fair question, right? Well when I got the answer: “All our menus are reviewed by a nutritionist”, I had no further questions. Nothing to add. I’m leaving this one without a comment also 🤐. I’ll just give you some food for thought 💭… We believe/trust people “in the white coats” in everything and anything they might say, because they have the knowledge, they’re professionals at what they do, their authority and competency makes them believable? Without any limits! Aren’t we foolish thinking that someone else will take care of us/wants the best for us? 🤔 I’ll just make one comment here. This “pandemic” isn’t about protecting our health. We’re ruled by psychopaths. Full stop.
🦋 Think for yourself. Trust your own intuition. Another’s mind isn’t walking your journey-YOU ARE! 🦋
MY NEW PROJECT 💁🏻♀️🦋
NEW BLOG COMING IN JANUARY 2021 ‼️
This is not the end of My Journey To Recovery…far from it 👣! This is just the start of another project, a new adventure on my journey that started 5 years ago and brought me here 💁🏻♀️ It’s funny how different experiences in life put you on certain paths…
🦋 And suddenly you know it’s time to start something new. Trust the magic of new beginnings 🦋
Happy New Year! 🥳🥂 12 NEW chapters, 365 NEW chances ~Klaudia.
🦋 For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await a new voice… 🦋
As I mentioned before, and as you probably noticed yourself by now I love quotes😍 it’s an obsession really 🤪😅😂, ah no! Completely seriously reading quotes was one way of keeping myself going from the beginning of this journey.
When in really bad circumstances like I was, and with so much time to (over)think🤯and (over)analyse🤯 as a wheelchair bound, nursing home resident, having a good way of motivating yourself and staying positive is essential! As I mentioned in my previous posts, videos/books/successfull recovery stories, etc., and quotes of course were my way of keeping up the hope and not giving up, staying strong💪🏼. It was my way of staying sane really, still is to this day… 🧘🏻♀️
Everytime I’d feel low, and believe me that was happening, even though it might not seem that way sometimes…we’re just humans, and bad days would creep in 🤷🏻♀️. I choose positive thinking throughout my journey, so I’d always try my best not to let any negativity into my life. However it’s just unavoidable and bound to happen. On such days I’d often look at motivational/inspirational quotes online to lift up my spirits. And it worked! 🤗 Still does…ALWAYS!
One day I came up with this idea of making a board for my bedroom wall, so I could have that to look at during the day, while sitting in my room 🦽. I’d have motivational quotes written on it. Not wasting any time I talked to my Occupational Therapist (OT) about it, and we discussed how we would make it, what we needed etc. We made a plan that we would use a white board and paint around it, 👩🏻🎨🎨🖼 since I love pink that’s the colour I went for and my OT also got sparkles ✨😍. When I think about it now I actually never liked pink colour for some reason, and now it really grew on me, I could go as far as saying it’s one of my favourite 😯🤭🥰! When my motivational board was ready we came up with an idea that I’d choose quotes, and write ✍🏼 them on the board myself every week. Motivation and also practicing my writing skills 🙌🏼👌🏼. Genius idea!
Bare in mind that first time in my life I was writing with my left (functional) hand ✍🏼✋🏼. My left arm is functional, yet still not a 100%, so the writing is shaky and not very nice, but legible 👍🏼✅ that’s what counts! Unfortunately my right (dominant) hand 🤚🏼isn’t functional YET! I’m working on it! 👊🏼💪🏼and when I’m finished I’ll be a leftie and a righty also 👐🏼💁🏻♀️ #unique#multitasking 😜
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my lovely OT for working with me since I was admitted there! Always there for me, always helpful, wrapping my Christmas presents 🎁, helping me decorate my bedroom wall, baking cookies 🍪, painting my nails 💅🏻, chatting about Grace & Frankie on Netflix (our favourite series, also Friends-a classic 👌🏼), making predictions about a Great British Bake Off winner 🧁, but most importantly always being a great company! Every time we chatted we would laugh like crazy 😅, making jokes, or just reminiscing about the times when we were in school (since we were very similar age). Often I couldn’t catch my breath 🙉🤣. Things like Bebo 😂 (before Facebook), popular music back then (Cascada 🙈🙉🙊)…. very funny memories. I’ll never forget them 🦈Miss K🦈 (you know well why I chose a shark😜) 💚🌻
Growing up in the 90’s 🆚 now 👇🏼
Writing the above just reminded me about all those things we laughed at, the main subject seemed to be the difference between being a teenager back then (growing up in the 90’s) versus now 🙉🙈. I actually laughed so hard 😅😂🤣 looking at some of the memes online- they’re ALL so true 💯, I just chose these three to give you a laugh! ⬇️
Coming back to my motivational board, this was the last quote I had written before leaving Orwell, and it stayed on it the longest! (for weeks and weeks) 👇🏼
One of the girls that was taking care of me from the beginning, (back in 2017) when I was admitted left for a new job. On her last day in work she wrote this on my board 👇🏼 Thank you for everything Miss S💜🌻, you’ve always believed in me and cheered me on! I really appreciate your kind words, I’ll keep going! 💪🏼 you know that! 😘
Few days after, my psychologist added this little comment👇🏼. Thank you for everything also Miss A💜🌻, I want you to know that you’re a brilliant therapist and you have taught me a lot! I’ll never forget you! I started blogging thanks to your little nudge 😉 (And I WILL! 👊🏼💪🏼👣) 👇🏼
I really like this particular quote and it stayed on my board the longest, because of the special additions 😍. I wiped it off just a few days ago, when I officially left. But I have a picture, so I’ll never forget…#memories
This just makes me realise that there’s one good thing about me ending up there (everything happens for a reason). It was a part of my journey, where I’ve met and worked with some amazing people. People who encouraged me, cheered me on and believed in me! Hugged me when I cried 🧸, took care of me, supported me, spoke kind words, added something valuable to my life…. #grateful. Those people I’ll not forget. Ever. ☺️I’m officially closing the nursing home (resident) chapter! 🔒
I’m ready to face the next one! 💁🏻♀️ (Next Please!)
🦋🎊🤶🏻💁🏻♀️🎄 Merry Christmas! 🎄💁🏻♀️🤶🏻🎊🦋
🦋 Donations 🦋
I’m fundraising for lokomat therapy, which I’m now doing 3 times per week 💪👣. Thank you all in advance for supporting me and my creative work! 💕
🦋 Make a conscious effort to surround yourself with, positive, nourishing and uplifting people. People who believe in you, encourage you to go after your dreams, and applaud your victories 🦋