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On Friday night I was able to sleep at the hospital for the first time.

During the night the nurses came and rotated her from side to side at least four times. She is watched so closely and carefully. The amount of effort, care and passion these people show is just incredible. You really have to see and experience all the procedures to appreciate it. She was awake by five am. A sweet but confused “helloooooo?” calls from her bed. She’s up for sure. I’m up… barely.

We accomplished a lot in the peaceful waking hours of the morning, she dictated a letter, which you all can look forward to reading here on her site. She received all her morning checkups which is quite extensive. I took her casts off, which hold her arms in the right position during the night. She can move her shoulder joints, and she can control the movement of her elbow joints and wrists. They aren’t fully strong or mobile in every direction yet. The thumb in her right hand has feeling today. Tonight when I started massaging her left arm she had no feeling from the middle of her lower arm to her fingertips. We were watching a movie, halfway through the movie and a constant massage later; I ran my finger down her arm and asked her if she could feel it. She could. She regained total feeling in that area in such a short amount of time. Every time I experience with her, or hear of the steps she has accomplished. I am filled with so much joy, gratitude and faith.

On Friday night I was able to sleep at the hospital for the first time.

During the night the nurses came and rotated her from side to side at least four times. She is watched so closely and carefully. The amount of effort, care and passion these people show is just incredible. You really have to see and experience all the procedures to appreciate it. She was awake by five am. A sweet but confused “helloooooo?” calls from her bed. She’s up for sure. I’m up… barely.

We accomplished a lot in the peaceful waking hours of the morning, she dictated a letter, which you all can look forward to reading here on her site. She received all her morning checkups which is quite extensive. I took her casts off, which hold her arms in the right position during the night. She can move her shoulder joints, and she can control the movement of her elbow joints and wrists. They aren’t fully strong or mobile in every direction yet. The thumb in her right hand has feeling today. Tonight when I started massaging her left arm she had no feeling from the middle of her lower arm to her fingertips. We were watching a movie, halfway through the movie and a constant massage later; I ran my finger down her arm and asked her if she could feel it. She could. She regained total feeling in that area in such a short amount of time. Every time I experience with her, or hear of the steps she has accomplished. I am filled with so much joy, gratitude and faith. It’s so exciting to watch her body regain little places of feeling and movement. Something so simple for the average person to accomplish. Like touching their forefinger to their thumb, this is such a huge step for her. It allows you to have a new appreciation for the bodies that we have. It pushes you to question why we so loosely abuse our bodies. It also enables you to hold no judgment because our bodies are simply the houses of our souls. No matter what we look like, how we get from point A to point B, or how we are physically dressed. That’s the surface, and if people held no judgments or perceptions then we would have the ability to accept and admire people. In their challenges, strengths, talents, gifts, and souls. In turn; accepting, loving and not comparing ourselves would become something that we would do unconsciously.

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.