Spatchcocked Chicken Derailment

This playful, bordering on silly, Easter photo mirrors the lightheartedness I currently sense inside and out. A blessed “rebirth” that truly reflects the joy of the Easter season. For the first time in a while, I relished a holiday outing instead of fixating on getting home and getting through it. Every morning when I open my eyes, I am greeted
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Bundle of Nerves

“I never want you to be comfortable…” . WHAT??? Were these words really rolling off Dr. Cris’ tongue? I was stunned. Ever since I entered her office, my main mission was to be pain free, comfortable, and get my life back. Isn’t it human nature to strive for a minimalistic status of comfortable, and beyond? When this whole thing first
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Sunnier Days with MG Bright

Debilitating cramps in my lower torso were relentlessly pushing my bones out of alignment for months, preventing any forward progress as far as trying to rehab my body. Dr. Cris mentioned magnesium as a supplement to assist in relieving leg cramps. After experimenting with a few different brands, there was NO good path which led to discovering that magnesium was
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Standing’s Domino Effect

Grateful that the rhythms of life were finally boomeranging back to me, I was still far from the imperfectly perfect body I had always appreciated. I knew my body wasn’t fully recovered even after five, long years of a diet overhaul and a strict training regiment. But, hope filled my heart as I was eagerly moving in the right direction.
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Vertical Eureka

Eureka!!! Six months of gradually conditioning my body to stand erect, using a standing frame, finally came to fruition! Abounding pride embraced this overwhelming journey, which at times, after three decades of sitting, was a dream too big to ever dream myself. Luckily, my chiro and trainer continued delivering the message of true possibility even when I wasn’t so receptive.
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Ascending to New Heights

The body performs it’s best when upright and weight bearing. Duh, this sounds so simple. However, it’s a lesson that took me a long time to learn. Not out of personal apathy, but more of lack of holistic body training within the general medical community, especially when I was growing up. I was introduced to the standing frame via a
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FES Bike, One Powerful Ride!

Shockingly, subjecting my body with moderate volts of electricity is something I anticipate as much as I dread. The FES bike (Function Electrical Stimulation) is 60 minutes of bearable, on-the-edge torture which has exponentially increased my ability to build muscle in a shorter period of time. This unique, restorative therapy bike provides the function of a bike combined with an
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Say Geronimo

Life’s unforeseen turns often unfold God’s biggest blessings! While brainstorming ideas on how to raise funds in order to achieve my financially lofty goal of entering REACT’s gait training program, an unanticipated e-mail from Kendell, director of REACT, popped up in my in-box. Hope filled me, lifting a self perceived iron veil which seemed to be creating a barrier between
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April Fool’s!

April Fool’s day is one of my favorites. I just can’t resist! Since March resulted in my best monthly evaluation of all, I had to play it up! After 3 plus years, Bob is more than just my trainer. He’s more like a trainer/ friend/ therapist, and when it comes to my health, I tell him everything! Bob’s expression was
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Reaching for REACT’s Reality

Application… Check! Bone density scan… Check! Fundraiser …??? Well, two out of three completed items isn’t bad! Yet, all three are required in order to join REACT (neuroreaction.org), a highly specialized gym which aides in recovery for people with spinal cord injuries or neuromuscular diseases. Filling out the application was a cinch, especially since I am so eager to start
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Too Much TV or Divine Intervention?

Watching Saturday morning television at 7am is not my forte, but this particular Saturday was different. Early to rise, meant flipping on the tv while doing my morning stretches in bed. God must have choreographed the moment I hit the remote’s “ON” button with the timing of Fox 4 News. My eyes and ears could not believe the story playing
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Turning a BIG Corner

Most people consider 21 as one of life’s great markers. In Texas, it’s a legal right of passage which officially marks adulthood. Sadly, I have surpassed this milestone (by only a few years, of course!). Nevertheless, 21 still maintains to be a monumental milestone in my life. It celebrates the number of continuous, consecutive days without needing a chiropractic adjustment!
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Gifts of Gratitude

Looking back in 2014’s rear view mirror, my life reflects powerful, yet necessary, growth accompanied at times with restless stagnancy. Whether I’m powering forward or in a short holding pattern, there is a formidable common thread: GRATITUDE . My heart is so appreciative for small miracles which strengthen my body daily, and for the people God has put in my
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The Thrill of Victory

As a kid, I remember watching ABC’s Wide World of Sports. One line in particular, by announcer Jim McKay, has been imbedded in my brain since 1978. “…the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!” To this day, I can hear the tone and conviction in which these words were stated, but lacked a personal connection. As an enthusiastic
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Resisting Manual Resistance

Hard to believe, but I’ve been with Elect Wellness for three years. In those three years, I’ve gained muscle in places I never new possible and watched my body make shocking transformations, little by little. Elect Wellness taught me the only way to be truly healthy, physically challenged or able bodied, is to balance nutritious food with exercise. You can’t
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Ode to a BFF and SI Belt

Bed rest was not on the menu for this trip! Just like ol’ times, I was ready for some fun and ready to keep up with Liz’s high-spirited energy ! The only question …was my back? After three months of anticipation, my best friend Liz was arriving on a Friday for a long weekend in Big D. We met in
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Spinal Decompression: Oh, What A Relief It Is!

At first glance, I thought I’d drifted back to the Middle Ages where  the acceptence of torture chambers was more common place. Instead, the modern, massive, machine hovering in front of me was no form of punishment, but actually  a gentle giant who would assist me in straightening my spine. I   excitedly, and nervously, awaited  my first round of
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No Fear

NO FEAR! … my motto in 2013, and blazing on in 2014! Vulnerability takes courage. This is Brene Brown’s main message in her book Daring Greatly. Opening yourself up to the judgement of others is one of the most difficult things a human can do. Self doubt often  prevents people from presenting their authentic selves and acheiving their goals. NO
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Break Out Day

Today’s workout with Bob was on land.  Each workout gets minutely better and better.  But, every now and then, I’ll have a break out day, helping progress to the next phase of walking. Today was one of those days! I started with 20 minutes on the exercise ball , then held a stationary crawl position for a new time of
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Is Practicality Too Practical?

My adventurous spirit often gets trumped by a more practical side of life…BORING! I find  myself wanting to be a naturally inclined risk taker, but physical challenges often make spontaneity difficult. As a graduate, Texas A&M University holds special memories steeped with traditions and friendships. Even after many years, my longest lasting and closest connections have been with my Aggie
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I Got Dunked!

Today, I got dunked! As bad as it sounds, it was in the continuance of good health. Once a month, the owner of Elect Wellness, Tom,  and their nutritionist, Kelsey, obtain detailed measurements of my body to evaluate my progress. An important measurement is BMI which measures the body’s muscle/fat ratio. This is a simple test…for anyone with a grip.
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Roller Skating Wheelchair

Wood paneling walls and a glossy, wooden floor reflected multi-colored lights, strobe lights, and a spectacular disco ball. Entering the building was like taking a time machine back to 1976. The live DJ played deafening music ranging from Prince, ABBA and K.C.and the Sunshine band. I didn’t think it could get any better until I was told that wheelchairs were
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Blessing in Disguise

Sundays are pool days at the local gym. As my dad and I entered the gym doors dragging two bags of pool paraphernalia, the guy behind the desk greets us with,” The therapy pool is closed today.” “Urrgh…you kidding?” I thought. Frustration briefly clouded my mind. Not so much with the non-chalant greeter who could care less if I got
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Food Flounder

My entire life I spent more attention to food than I did nutrition. Nutrition has  had little value or ever been a priority, until now. My generation was raised on processed foods so, as kids, we rarely gave  them a second thought.  When it came to breakfast, wasn’t  all cereal supposed to be healthy? I guess titles which included “Super
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Tested By a Driving Test

God’s testing us with every challenge. How we respond to any negative or unfavorable circumstance is a choice. There only 2 reactive choices; love or fear. Love has always been easy for me to choose when faced with small  or consistent challenges because my world would rock a little , but then return to it’s routine. These past 3 years,
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Unexpected Strength

Today was a day of unexpected strength. It wasn’t an average Monday to begin with since I decided to ditch my usual pool workout with my trainer, Bob, and start back to working out on land. Yes, this means battling gravity! On my 2nd office visit, the goal of my chiropractor, Dr. Cris,  was to get me to walk which
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Parking Pet Peeve

Exiting the gym after a challenging, yet invigorating workout, the sun hit my face as I drank in the 80 degree December day. Life was great! Until, I glanced up. My eyes were glaring at one of my all time pet peeves…a car parked in handicapped parking without a disabled tag. This sighting was extremely unusual, almost Chupacabraish. Over the
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Priceless Dreams

“Aunt Laurie, you make all my dreams come true!” The look on Zoe’s face was priceless. Her smile beaming from ear to ear as she arrived at my condo in the back seat of my sister’s SUV. What mighty expectations coming from my 6 year old niece. I felt undeservingly blessed that such overwhelming joy was being directed squarely towards
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The Perspective of Dr. Cris

To Whom it May Concern, Ms. Laurel Marshall was presented to this clinic on July 31, 2012, for care relating to severe low back pain, decreased range of motion, numbness, poor circulation, and tingling down her right leg. Ms. Marshall has been in a wheelchair for about 30 years and has had a relatively full, independent life, living on her
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