Category: Get to Know Me

When I’m in pain I go to my jewelry table and play with beads and/or clay.  Sometimes nothing comes of it.  Sometimes I’m just too distracted to get distracted!  I’ve told many that I meditate when I create jewelry, but I’ve never explained what I mean by that.  I have to somehow get good with my pain.  I don’t look at pain as something that is punishing me or “Why me after everything else?”  I used to.  But I realized that pain is a good thing to have around.  Without it, I wouldn’t be aware that something was out of kilter in the first place.  Pain also keeps me away from danger.  It won’t let me keep my hand on that hot pan too long!  

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In my 16th year, I was enjoying my yearly vacation at Denver Children’s Hospital where I was having my remaining leg amputated.  It didn’t seem like a big deal.  I was already an amputee.  When I climbed on the exam table, the doctors asked, “Now, how are you going to do that when your leg is gone?”  “My mission in life doesn’t involve climbing on exam tables,” I replied, “I’ll figure something out.”

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Or How to Wear High Heels if You’re an Amputee
I decided to go shoe shopping.  A woman’s favorite pastime!  As I was walking there, I imagined the perfect shoes I’d love to wear.  They’d be high heels, of course. I imagined myself walking down the sidewalk in new suede high heels. 

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I have chronic pain. It’s morning.  I’m awake – again.  I’ve slept a few hours in a semi-upright position because my body doesn’t lay flat.  Nor will it bend to a full 90 degrees.  I can’t get up yet, but I have to go to the bathroom.  I take an oxycontin to help move some of the pain to the back burner.  And I wait.

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