Up close and personal story tells it best
In today’s new economy it’s often hard to find real people getting real results using affordable products. Infomercials bombard us every hour on the hour making us oblivious to their messages. Have you ever noticed that you turn a deaf ear to the onslaught of enthusiastic marketers wanting to get in your pocketbook? I know my husband and I just look at each other grinning and question each other “wonder if that really works like they say it does”?
Today, I am so excited to be able to share my friend’s story with you. You see, Denny and I met online three years or so ago. Both of us were searching for business tools and found each other through another online marketer. Somehow we connected and it seemed like we had known each other for years. Mind you we have never met face to face, yet. The end of this month we finally get to meet face to face, kneecap to kneecap and we are both so excited…but, that is another story for a later time.
When Denny shared her awakened health story with me it brought chills to my spine. Reading her in-depth history of pain and agony brought tears to my eyes because of my history of pain in my back…I could totally relate. After I asked if I could share her awakened health story I realized how vital it may be for you, too. Maybe there are others out there who suffer from pain and think that they have to give up daily activities they love to do, too.
I learned it doesn’t have to be that way. Now I know Denny has found her way back to living a normal, pain free life, too. Enjoy her story and be sure to tell her how much you appreciate her willingness to share her real results with all of us real people.
Defining Moments: My Journey Back to Me
We all have times in our lives when something happens that forever changes who we are or dramatically alters the path our life is on…many refer to them as ‘defining moments’.
They can be times of great joy or deep sorrow and for some they can be as simple as an awakening within our own mind when something once foreign and abstract suddenly becomes crystal clear.
For me, one of these defining moments occurred in June of 1997.
I was on my way to work at around 6:30 am when an oncoming car left its lane and came into mine, hitting me head on. The police determined from the combined speed of both cars it was a 120 mph impact.
By the grace of God, I survived the crash with my body intact although badly damaged. It would be six months of intense daily therapy that left me with a 25% disability due to the damage done to the nerves and muscles in my neck, arm, hand, shoulder and leg on the right side of my body. As a result, I was told I was to never lift anything over 6 pounds, must avoid sitting in one position for more than 30 minutes and could most definitely never again do many of the things that had until this point been a huge part of who I was.
My condition was chronic and I was advised to alter my way of life in order to keep the pain and discomfort at a minimum…going against this advice would mean intense increased pain and discomfort.
And so my life, on that day, was redefined.
I began living a life that was designed to avoid anything that would cause me pain. I could not lift my arm above should height, reach my arm backward keeping it always at my side. I could no longer turn my head to the side and I lost feeling in my fingertips, right arm and palm of my right hand.
Life became a series of trial and error finding out what I could do and what I couldn’t do. I remember the horror in my heart when I realized that I could no longer reach down and pick up my precious grandchildren when they would reach their little arms in my direction signaling their desire to be held. At a very young age they learned to tug on my arm which prompted me to sit on the sofa so that they could climb into my arms as we sat cuddled together. This was just one of the many ways I learned to compensate for the injuries I was told I must now live with and would become progressively worse throughout the years.
And it did. Horseback riding, long hikes, extended travel by car, bike riding and jogging soon became things of the past for me. And eventually things on a smaller scale were affected. Simple things like standing in the shower washing my hair…I quickly adapted to a sitting position so that I bent my head down below shoulder level to wash my hair. If I sat too long in a chair I needed assistance to get up…it was a rocking process followed by standing in a bent over position for a few minutes waiting for the ability to straighten up and move forward.
As is our nature as human beings all of these things and many more…too many to name here became the norm for me. The smallest being the inability to write legibly because of the loss of feeling in my fingertips to the largest being the ability to enjoy activities with my family were accepted as small price to pay compared to the knowledge that I was blessed to even be alive.
And so for many years, as the doctors had predicted, there was a noticeable decline in my condition…but by then this new me, this different me, was resigned to live within my limitations. I stopped going to the doctors when they sat me down and informed me that my condition was chronic and my only recourse for the constant pain was prescription pain and anti-inflammatory medication. My thought was once I started taking these I had no where left to go…
I vowed to continue for as long as I possibly could before going down that road.
From 1997, the year of the accident, to about 2 months ago I had increased my intake of ibuprofen to 1200 milligrams a day. It was the first thing I reached for in the morning and the last thing I did before going to bed. I would frequently wake up in the middle of the night and reach for more. In fact, the notion of prescription medication had become more appealing as time went on.
Please don’t get me wrong. I loved my life and praised God everyday for the many blessings I received. I had long gotten over the “why me” syndrome and made the choice to get on with life as best I could finding joy in different ways, but joy just the same.
Life took on a difference face…that was masked by the shadow of pain, aches and discomfort that I was always aware of but refused to allow to take center stage. Still there were many times when I would need to battle depression, although ever so slight due to the positive mindset my parents so brilliantly instilled in me.
Denny Hagel is a child advocate and parent coach, devoting over 25 years to the success and well being of all children. She is the published author of over 125 articles on parenting, many of which have attracted international attention in over 24 countries.
Denny was blessed with forward thinking parents who raised her with an understanding of her value as an individual, her innate power to choose by way of her thoughts, ideas, opinions and beliefs, thus, instilling in her a strong sense of personal responsibility for what happens in our lives
She is the founder of Awakened Parenting LLC, a company dedicated to helping parents release parenting paradigms of the past and consciously choose to raise their children to approach life with a positive mindset and strong sense of self. It is Denny’s passion to combine what she learned through her formal education in early childhood education and psychology and what her parents instilled in her and pass this on to all parents.
I know what Protandim has done for me and my family. Now I know what it has done for my friend and business associate, Denny Hagel. It can do the same thing for you if you are ready for a life free of the pain associated with oxidative stress.
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