Saturday, July 23, 2016

Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! Tipping the Scales in my Favor - Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

Today's Facebook feed was filled with the theme of never giving up.

My one year ago Facebook memory had:

That moment when you know in every fiber of your being that everything you have imagined and wrote about in poetry and declared by saying everything is healed, everything is rewired is coming into physical manifestation -- and your heart is so filled with gratitude that it spills over and waters your soul and you cry happy grateful tears -- yeah that moment - priceless! Thank you Jeff and Spratt Muscular Therapies, LLC for letting me know what it means to feel the heal and for partnering with me on this amazing journey down the rabbit hole. Dear friends - believe - and trust and have faith and never give up before the miracle happens. Feel the love and think greater than appearances. Believing is seeing! Have a wonderful night everyone. #reclaimlife #reclaimadvantage

And then my dear friend and elite runner Reno's post popped up in my news feed:

It's so easy to return to negative thoughts and old habits of thinking and being. I woke up this morning feeling tired, tight and sore. Well it's no wonder! Family stress, juggling work and caregiver needs and maintaining a rigorous training schedule do add up. But oh how amazing that I am the caregiver rather than needing to be cared for having left the diagnosis of post polio syndrome in the dust.

I reminded myself that I am strong, healthy, whole. My left leg is factory new despite sometimes sensations to the contrary. I reflected on all the gains I have made since I began my partnership with Jeffrey Spratt,MT in April of 2015 and I was able to re-experience the goodness of our sessions and the power of positive touch with a focus on how Jeffrey works with my left leg to encourage my body's natural capacity to heal from polio and countless surgeries including reconstructive leg surgery.

I practiced my affirmations and opened my heart to gratitude.

As I reflected on how I was feeling I realized that before I started working with Jeffrey and experiencing the power of positive touch through the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy, I had to struggle to overcome the effects of paralytic polio and violence. Think of a scale where one side is weighted down. Or a see saw - try as you might to get up in the air, the weight was just too heavy on the other side to allow you to take off. As we clear the trauma and the effects of polio and 25+ surgeries, there is lightness and ease and a way to return to balance and equilibrium regardless of what's happening in my life.

Partnering with Jeffrey has tipped the scales in my favor to relieve me of the burdens of the experiences that once bore down on me weighing me down in every area of my life. There is justice and there is grace.

Tomorrow Team McManus toes the starting line of the Narrangasset Bay 5K. We did bib pick up today and were blessed to meet Champion Steve Jones and reunite with Champion Geoff Smith:

As I was doing research about Steve Jones, I found this video:

It's been quite the 10 year healing odyssey. I am so grateful and blessed that I did not give up and did not surrender despite many setbacks, working with less than honorable and competent body workers and the trauma of my nephew's suicide and the tragic events of 4/15/13. I shudder to think about all the adventures I would have missed and all the amazing people I never would have had the chance to meet.

It's quite the miracle that I continue to experience positive momentum and once again tomorrow I get to experience the joy of the running community, running with Champions and reclaiming my advantage and reclaiming my life.

To your health and wellness,

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