Paddle Through the Pain

It’s important when living with chronic pain to push through and keep movement within your joints. Let me tell you there are some days when just the thought of pushing myself to get up and move takes a strong conversation and a lot of “you can do it’s”.

The last 6 days have been a tough few days of making peace with my latest challenge. My shoulder has been a bit of a mare and I have been convincing myself to build a bridge and get over the searing, grinding continuous pain. There are of course times in these moments when I feel really pissed off and generally sorry for myself but then I remember if I don’t keep moving and keep the joints “oiled” I am gonna be in a lot more trouble.

So after getting the results of the scans and tests I have discovered that I have a little more of a joint challenge in my arm. My doctor who I might add is a legend, looked at me when I asked if I could paddle and said, yes, paddle paddle paddle. Paddle cos it clears your mind, paddle cos it helps your whole body and paddle cos it’s not like you are create more damage. Yes the bone may grind and be sore but the paddling builds all the muscle and ligaments around the joint to support it.

So I got up and paddled and will continue to paddle and build the intricate network of facia throughout my body to support the joints that are having the toughest time. I choose to paddle through the pain as it helps to lift that dark space you can slip into when living with constant pain. I paddle because it gives my heart and soul joy. And I paddle cos I get to start my day in the most uplifting powerful way possible and from a place of complete gratitude.

Today I am truly appreciative for the endless support that I get from my Wahine SUP Squad of amazing ladies. For the way there is always one of these incredible ladies there at sparrows fart with me at my side supporting me in my endeavour to just keep moving. So in closing all I can say is that I am an incredibly blessed human being and am truly grateful for all the teachings this interesting journey is giving me.

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