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She is telling us what she needs

She looks great, and she’s more alert then ever. Since the moment the tubes have been out of her mouth she has been positive and smiling. She’s starting to take a little food and water.

Of course there are going to be moments that are more challenging and scary. We have to help her cough and she gets tired very easily. But she is finding peace with the circumstances and she is positive and determined towards the goal of healing. She has so much courage and has such an amazingly positive and faithful attitude. I never want to leave her side, every time I come to see her she has an amazing accomplishment to tell me about, or work towards with me and this is only her second day after her surgery and heavy sedation. Her arms are getting stronger, and she is able to move her wrists a little. She still has no finger movement, but Katie felt a little bend of her fingers at one point. She had two physio appointments. She sat up for half an hour today, with assistance. She is so mentally, emotionally and physically strong. The physiotherapist is just amazed by her progress. On her request she is off of all the painkillers. She knows they will wreak havoc with her nervous system. I have been giving her all of the vitamins and supplements she requested (Vitamin C, MSM, Chlorella, etc.), the moment she could speak. We even got her some Extreme Greens and a little soup (made by a Laura, a dear family friend). The nurses and doctors at The Vancouver General are doing a truly amazing job. I cannot begin to express the admiration and gratitude I have for the teams in the OR, recovery, ICU and the spinal ward. Also the social workers and support teams have been incredible with all of the paperwork, information and assistance. My heartfelt thanks goes out to everybody, for your concern, support, healing energy, prayers, donations and offers of help. I constantly tell my mom about all of the wonderful offers she is receiving. I know she can feel it all coming to her and she is so humbled and grateful. There are at least 10 guardian angels in her room working overtime and the positive energy that surrounds her is unreal.

I have read her all the e-mails you have sent and relayed the messages from all of the numerous phone conversations to her. I hope my words can offer some insight and information. Thanking you all so much just doesn’t seem like enough right now, but it’s a thank you from the deepest depths of my soul. A thank you that is borm out of the love that I have for my mom, thats an amazingly huge thank you.

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.