I marked the date on my calendar. I actually saved last year’s calendar because this date was marked and I wanted to keep the reminder of what life USED to be like and that I had made great progress. That Saturday I did my first MS Gym Exercises. I had downloaded the foot drop and core strengthening guides and I got on the floor to begin. Well, let me just say, it was tough. I hurt everywhere! I couldn’t move anything. It wore me out just massaging my legs.
Although I had been in and out of PR countless times, I had done nothing like the MS Gym. I kept at it, tears and all. I learned the free guides, tuned in and followed along with the Facebook group when I could (I always felt stronger just watching Trevor and listening to his encouragement!), communicated with Trevor and Misty, and purchased and worked through the HSCT Rebuild program, extremely slowly, I might add! That was when I began to see improvement happening more rapidly!
Fast-forward 3 months as I was finishing up the Rebuild program and waiting for the unveiling of the membership. Here I am with my husband, David at a Christmas concert with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and my favorite local group, Act of Congress. I had wanted to go to this concert for a long time but had not been able to tolerate nor enjoy an outing like this for the past four years. With Trevor’s help in Rebuild, I was able to do it, all 1000, or so it seemed, stairs it took to get to our seats and everything!!! As you can see, we had a fabulous time. First date night we’ve had in a very long time where I could almost completely relax and feel like a normal person, again, and I did completely enjoy the concert!
I think I bought my membership for a whole year the same day as the unveiling. Trevor has guided me and virtually held my hand through some tough days and has celebrated each small victory with me. He has taught me, mentored me, and supported me unconditionally. When NOTHING else worked, the MS Gym worked. I’m not where I want to be, yet, but I know that with my membership there will always be another day, another solution, another exercise, another movement, another approach that will help me reach my dream of moving effortlessly and living through the rest of my long life enjoying those I love.
Thank you, Trevor and Misty!!
Denise Nolen, Birmingham, Alabama