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Strength From Within

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” Anonymous

Have you ever thought to yourself “Self, I really need to find motivation to go to the gym!”? Maybe you even go crazy and get a gym membership only to find that your motivation quickly…diminishes. It happens to the best of us; several times for some *cough* like me *cough*. I recently had this motivation but with an extra push. This little punk inside my head that I refuse to let defeat me.

I have been reading stories of Acoustic Neuroma Warriors who are overcoming odds and a big reason for this, is that they are in shape before their surgery and are able to recover in less time than they are told before they undergo surgery. How’s that for motivation? A 3-6 month recovery has been cut down to 1 month in some cases. Of course, this is assuming they undergo the surgery as opposed to getting radiation to shrink and kill the tumor, which typically has a 1 week recovery following treatment.

So with that motivation in mind, I’ve been hitting the gym…hard!

My second day at the gym I thought I’d go crazy and hopped on a bike and mentally prepared for a cycling class…because, I mean, if my mom can do it, I should be able to as well right? The next 55 minutes were some of the worst minutes of my week. It was hard, it sucked, it was draining, it was EMPOWERING. One of the worst symptoms I’ve had due to my Acoustic Neuroma is vertigo. It throws off my balance, puts spots in my vision, and makes me nauseous (and has always preceded a migraine). So as I was sitting on the bike, refusing to stop moving my legs even when I felt like I was seconds from falling down dead, I realized something. Not everyone with an Acoustic Neuroma can ride a bike. But here I was, riding a bike, a stationary bike, but a bike. And I made a decision right then and there: I need to get in shape. I need to be my best self to be able to recover quickly from whatever procedure I face in my future.

So now, not only am I in a journey to defeat my acoustic neuroma, I’m also on a journey to better myself physically, which will better myself emotionally and spiritually as well. That’s a lot of positive change!

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“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” Unknown

Have you ever thought to yourself “Self, I really need to find motivation to go to the gym!”? Maybe you even go crazy and get a gym membership only to find that your motivation quickly…diminishes. It happens to the best of us; several times for some *cough* like me *cough*. I recently had this motivation but with an extra push. This little punk inside my head that I refuse to let defeat me.

I have been reading stories of Acoustic Neuroma Warriors who are overcoming odds and a big reason for this, is that they are in shape before their surgery and are able to recover in less time than they are told before they undergo surgery. How’s that for motivation? A 3-6 month recovery has been cut down to 1 month in some cases. Of course, this is assuming they undergo the surgery as opposed to getting radiation to shrink and kill the tumor, which typically has a 1 week recovery following treatment.

So with that motivation in mind, I’ve been hitting the gym…hard!

My second day at the gym I thought I’d go crazy and hopped on a bike and mentally prepared for a cycling class…because, I mean, if my mom can do it, I should be able to as well right? The next 55 minutes were some of the worst minutes of my week. It was hard, it sucked, it was draining, it was EMPOWERING. One of the worst symptoms I’ve had due to my Acoustic Neuroma is vertigo. It throws off my balance, puts spots in my vision, and makes me nauseous (and has always preceded a migraine). So as I was sitting on the bike, refusing to stop moving my legs even when I felt like I was seconds from falling down dead, I realized something. Not everyone with an Acoustic Neuroma can ride a bike. But here I was, riding a bike, a stationary bike, but a bike. And I made a decision right then and there: I need to get in shape. I need to be my best self to be able to recover quickly from whatever procedure I face in my future.

So now, not only am I in a journey to defeat my acoustic neuroma, I’m also on a journey to better myself physically, which will better myself emotionally and spiritually as well. That’s a lot of positive change!

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