Wellness is surviving doctors, hospitals, recuperation and rehabilitation. It is keeping up your spirits. Guidance for you and for your family and friends who want to help. No fad diets or marathon training plans. Just the essentials.

Be prepared

wellness, hospital, surgery, doctorYou need to know what you are facing. The maze of doctors and hospitals and surgery is confusing and overwhelming. The road back from injury is hard. I’ve survived 16 surgeries, a number of injuries and more hospital stays than I like to think about. I will share all of those experiences. What worked and what didn’t. And what I’ve learned.

There are tools out there to help, and I will help you find them. You will be able to walk your path with your eyes open, with some idea what to expect.

Stay positive

wellness, doctor, medication, recuperationThis site is all about feeling better.Wellness is about more than body, your state of mind has everything to do with it. Being happy and feeling good (relatively of course) is too important to take for granted or to give up on.

If there is anything I’ve learned it’s that attitude is everything. No matter how bleak things seem, we all choose how we approach our lives and how we cope with difficulties.

I have tricks and tips I use to keep myself positive and optimistic through my darkest days. And there is no magic to it. Which means you can do it to.I will share the stories of others who inspire me. I believe that in sharing our success we can inspire each other to continue and to make the most of what we have been given.

Keep Going

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I have run across some amazing people, who have overcome heartbreak and illness to live wonderful and meaningful lives. I have also seen people give up. It is so important that you choose to keep fighting.

It is all about the long game. I am going to get as much out of my life as possible, and you should too. In this site you will be able to access what I have learned about making your recuperation easier. And about what tools and tricks will keep you going when you feel down and at your weakest.

If you have a story of overcoming and surmounting your health obstacles, we would love to hear it as well.

Support your loved ones

It is hard to know what to say or do when someone you love is going through this. I have accompanied my child, my husband and my parents on their journeys through health care, with varying results. It is hard to be a caregiver, sometimes even harder than being cared for. You can help someone you love get through their journey. I have lots of suggestions on how to help a loved one navigate their recuperation. And some great gift ideas.

Wellness and healing. Hospitals, doctors and recuperation. Advice from a voice of experience

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 …

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 …