Five Steps to Recovery.

In the last 20 years I have broken my back twice. Where does Five come into this equation, I hear you ask. Well, I am going to share with you Five steps to recovery after a broken back.

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Step 1: Positivity. After more than a month in hospital and two of the three operations I needed, I went home. I had to be brave because I had to learn to walk again. That was not easy. Physiotherapy is very important and you need to make yourself do all the exercises you are given. I really needed to push myself to walk at first. I counted lampposts and felt very proud if I could reach two and then turn round and get home.

Step 2: Friends. I discovered who my real friends were. Many dropped me like a stone because I was too hard to deal with. The good part about this was I learnt who my real friends are. The ones who stay around are my diamonds in the dust.

Step 3: Certainty. There will be a lot of fears and pain to contend with. Find something to occupy your mind. That’s how I found blogging. I was seeing a pain psychologist and she suggested I try writing my thoughts down. That is how my blog was born. I can honestly say blogging saved my sanity. I have met so many wonderful people here in the bloggysphere.

Step 4: Medication. This is tricky. You need to find the fine line between the pills helping you and forming a dependency. I got hooked on Tramadol and Gabapentin, both highly addictive. I had to endure 5 years of withdrawal. That’s another story. But with determination and the help of my hubby and my blogily friends I am now pain killer free. I am not pain free but I am off those pills that dragged me down.

Step 5: Perseverance. I can honestly say that if you believe in yourself and are determined you can come back from anything. I wasn’t always sure I would make it but I never gave up. So what I want to say to you is never give up and never give in πŸ’œ

74 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Feb 13, 2019 @ 17:52:52

    And you have done wonderfully sis. You are an inspiration πŸ’œ

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  2. Sue Vincent
    Feb 13, 2019 @ 18:05:13

    Determination like that takes you a very long way πŸ™‚ xx

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  3. Jordy
    Feb 13, 2019 @ 18:27:20

    Great post, Willow!!πŸ’—

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  4. House of Heart
    Feb 13, 2019 @ 18:27:34

    Great advice, stay well!

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  5. Dale
    Feb 13, 2019 @ 18:41:50

    Kudos to you for your bravery in all of this. I am humbled.

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  6. trentpmcd
    Feb 13, 2019 @ 18:52:19

    Wow, twice? Positivity and Perseverance indeed. Also inspiration for the rest of us πŸ™‚

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  7. JT Twissel
    Feb 13, 2019 @ 18:53:12

    Oh I hate physical therapy – to me that’s the worst part of recovery.

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  8. Jane Dougherty
    Feb 13, 2019 @ 18:58:55

    You did it because you are you, not because of anyone else. Take the credit!

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  9. Betty Hayes Albright
    Feb 13, 2019 @ 21:35:16

    You are inspirational, Willow! I admire your determination and success very much. πŸ€— Wishing you freedom from pain altogether! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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  10. Brenda Davis Harsham
    Feb 14, 2019 @ 00:27:11

    I’ve had one back surgery and another might be down the road. The nerve problems have started up again. I don’t do pain meds any more since they did such a number on me when I had serious back pain. I’m still rebuilding my strength, and it’s been 8 years for me. I’m constantly at risk of re-injuring myself. Such a drag. More power to you!

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  11. Duke1959
    Feb 14, 2019 @ 02:11:05

    I have been down that road on 4 different occasions and it is no fun!

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  12. Bernice
    Feb 15, 2019 @ 00:12:51

    Wow! I never knew this. What a journey! πŸ’•

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  13. antoniazen
    Feb 15, 2019 @ 07:51:15

    If I could like this 50 times, I would.

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  14. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Mar 06, 2019 @ 17:11:04

    Fantastic post Willow…and inspiring… hugsx

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  15. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Mar 06, 2019 @ 18:05:05

    What a fabulous journey of perseverance and determination. Well done to you Willow, you’re an inspiration to us all! Xxx

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  16. ellenbest24
    Mar 06, 2019 @ 19:33:10

    And, you stand up to rubbish (Facebook) and have and are achieving so much. Never give up.

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  17. robbiesinspiration
    Mar 07, 2019 @ 15:01:05

    This is a great post, Willow. Thank you for sharing it, I find it most encouraging.

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  18. dgkaye
    Mar 07, 2019 @ 15:08:57

    You’re a warrior woman Willow. Isn’t it interesting to see who really comes round when we’re down and out. ❀

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  19. You Can Always Start Now
    Mar 08, 2019 @ 14:03:01

    Just listened to your poems via Soundcloud – so enjoyed. thank you

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  20. Debbie Harris
    Mar 12, 2019 @ 00:03:59

    Well done to you Willow, such an interesting story and so happy you found your way into blogging! Good luck πŸ™‚

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  21. justmuddlingthroughlife
    Mar 12, 2019 @ 16:53:10

    Wow Willow, just found this, so brave.. my hubby has back problems and right now is hooked on pregabilin, longtec and cocodamol, vicious cycle.. without them he is pain, but he suffers the side effects. He has had minor surgery on his back.. you have done so well to get through it and off the pain killers… he was on gabapentin months back but they made him ill ..

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