Life has been eye-opening, beautiful and ever-changing. So, these are my top 6 (or approx) life events thus far, in the past 145-ish days of 2018.
#1 I recovered from surgery!
This one was a doozy. Out of the other 16, this one has probably been the hardest recovery to date. Nerve surgery is no joke. I now do have perfect mobility, thanks to physical therapy and yoga, but this pain is just something I hope that I’ll eventually get used to.
#2 Taught classes regularly at the studio & Took a workshop on adaptive yoga
Though, my 4:30 Tuesday classes may have ended for the season but they have taught me so much in becoming a teacher. With the help of both the students and teachers who have taken my class and who have given me feedback, I’ve learned so much more about myself–as a leader.
*Sub-highlight: took one acro-workshop, now I’m a professional. (See more on adaptive yoga below)
#3 I travelled a BUNCH
We visited my mom’s family in Puerto Rico, my brother graduated from college in Tempe, Arizona, we ended up in the Grand Canyon, and I was probably a few other places, too. but the name doesn’t lie, kids– your girl is whereswaldman, for a reason 😉
#4 I was chosen to work at 2 summer camps for kids with limb differences
This summer I am #blessed to have been chosen to work as a counselor for both the Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach camp in Ohio and for Nubability’s summer camp in Illinois. I cannot wait to be able to meet these kids and to serve as both a role model (as a counselor) and as a (HEAD COACH) yogi, respectively. I hope to share all that I’ve learned in my own yoga practice and from my adaptive yoga training with my campers/athletes and I am so excited for everything to come with each of the experiences, too!
#5 Participated in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Easterseals. Whoa! This was our second year participating and our FIRST year as finalists for Best Film. In 55 hours our team wrote, filmed and edited our 5 min short film. So, to see the final product, click here!
(Now is the time that I’ll take a second to mention that the month of May is Lupus Awareness Month.) I have Lupus SLE and during filming for this year’s film challenge, I was in the middle of a very bad flare-up– which isn’t very unusual in my case. My lupus does seem to be getting a little bit more intense and my flare-ups do seem to be getting more frequent. So, I am hoping to see another rheumatologist in the near future, but for now yoga, rest, ice, and patience are my best help in getting by.
Anyway, so I although I had to miss filming this year I could not be more proud my cast and crew! I am especially grateful to my co-producer, Rachel friend literally doing everything that I was unable to do during this time.. and if you weren’t aware, Rachel is a limb different-leg amputee. So she’s already an incredible partner to begin with.(All it takes is an arm and a leg!)
#6 My new socket was refitted and I just got her back!
** See instagram post for the boomerang**
Basically my old socket was too big on me, and hasn’t fit me properly in almost a year. The other downside to make first myoelectric arm was that even though I was able to grasp things and pick them up, anything that weighed more than a feather would cause my arm to fall off of my nub and elbow. So a simple fix was that we took a gel lines compression sleeve and now when I place my prosthetic on I use the sleeve to lock my prosthetic in place!
The hustle is real, my friends. But staying busy and maintaining focus, keeps me away from feeling like I’m the one behind the wheel of the infamous “struggle bus”.
There are so many beautiful and exciting things to come in the next upcoming month, so keep your eyes peeled so some awesome updates in the v near future. Much exciting, many cool!!
***Plz excuse any typos, I’m off to yoga class for the evening! Thanks for reading, enjoy the rest of your MDW (and to my non-American friends, have a happy Sunday fun day!)