Resilience is the Secret to Your Happiness

Ever wonder how people can go through hell and bounce back to do amazing things with their life? Ever wonder if you could do the same? The answer is a resounding YES! What you are witnessing is resilience, and you are not born with it, you learn it. What is Resiliency? …

3 Important Lessons From A Great Doctor

Dr. Salter was my orthopedic surgeon, and a very special man. He set my expectations for what it means to be a patient, and what it should mean to be a doctor. It probably seems strange to love and admire a man I barely knew, but many of his patients …

Demystifying The Pain Scale

Ever go to the hospital and they ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10? That is an example of the pain scale at work. This is common practice throughout the medical community to assess pain in patients. There is a lot of debate among practitioners about …

What I Didn’t Know About Pain Until It Was Gone

Everyone has heard the analogy of the frog in boiling water. I don’t know how true it is, but I use it a lot. Especially to describe chronic pain. If you drop a frog in boiling water, he will jump out because it feels hot, but if you put him in …

9 People Who Inspire Me to Keep Going

Whatever your situation, odds are that you are facing an uphill battle. If you have been injured or ill then you have to get back on your feet; if you are dealing with a life changing condition, then you need to adapt. You need the tools to develop and keep …

Coping With Crutches

There is an art and a science to living with crutches that not everyone is aware of. Half of the time, the hospitals send you home with crutches after 10 minutes of instruction, which usually leads to a week of fumbling and frustration. Using Crutches There are a number of …

Things to Do During Bed Rest & Recuperation

Bed rest and recuperation is boring So what are you going to do about it? Seen every television show and movie you ever wanted to see? You have read everything you wanted to read, at least for now?Sick of all things passive? Thought that story would be uplifting, but then …

My Inspiration

My Inspiration I found out who I wanted to be at 11 years old. I’d had 9 surgeries by the time I was 10. Traction, body casts and bone grafting, I had been through the mill. It is all a blur, and I never felt connected to it until number …

Surgery – Common Questions and Fears

Surgery can be daunting. We all get scared, even if we’ve been through it before. Getting some advance information and preparing yourself will make it easier. Based on my research, these are the most common questions and fears that people have. I hope that eventually I will be able to …

Surgery – Overcoming Embarrassment

One major battle when one is recuperating from surgery is to overcome embarrassment. People create an enormous amount of stress for themselves by keeping their worries a secret. To get best advice, you need to be able to be completely honest and open with your doctors, your nurses and your …