For years I’ve been wanting to do snowboard. After my car accident in 2007, where I was left with 2 permanent neck injuries, I said goodbye to many of the activities I took for granted throughout my life. Mountain biking with my oldest son, rollerblading with my youngest, swimming and even going to the gym became a no-no.
Since the day of the accident I’ve been having constant headaches and pain on on my neck right shoulder, elbow and hand. Cutting anything with a knife is painful, painting is painful, turning my head is painful, sitting for a long period of time is painful! On a good day the pain is on level 5-6 on a scale from 1-10 (thank you Patricia for driving and texting, or was it talking?). On a bad day the pain… well is unbearable. I’m very tolerant to pain, so my usual 5-6 level would be impossible to tolerate for a normal person. I’ve seen many doctors, I’ve had 3 MRI’s, 1 physical therapy — that didn’t work!–, took tons of pills — that didn’t work either –, I’ve used a “patch” that was supposed to help with the pain, — you guessed that didn’t work –, and I’ve even had spinal injections, that actually made things much, much worse.
Since surgery is not an option as the risks are too high, I decided to suck it up like a big girl, send every doctor to their merry way, suspend all medication as I’m not a big fan of medicines, and I’ve learned to live with this. I said goodbye to all my regular activities, or what were regular before the accident, and avoided everything, even carrying my disabled daughter, task that was forced to my hubby who had to change his work scheduled because of me. That made me feel like crap.
I have to admit up until 2011, I took my “disability” as a tough to swallow pill and that made me miserable. Mainly because I felt useless and the people I love had to accommodate to my dysfunctional body. That was torture!
In the summer of 2011, I snapped and I said to myself “enough is enough!”. I was determined to enjoy life, my kids and my hubby despite the pain and discomfort and to try to go back to the activities I so much loved and introduce new ones if possible. I’m having pain no matter what I do, mind as well enjoy something in the process!
Slowly I went back to mountain biking, fishing, swimming and the gym. With pain and everything I enjoyed each moments and had a blast with my sons. Everyday I would tell myself, I’ll have fun today, and I’ll deal with the pain later.
It’s been a painful blast, but nonetheless I’ve had fun.
In January of 2012, I decided to give snowboard a try. I always wanted to try it out, it looked so much fun! So I bought all my gear, my personalized board, went to the mountain with my boys and got an instructor. In less than a month I was going down the mountain, slowly but steady, enjoying the ride and having a blast!
Today I’m still in pain, the pain levels are the same, constant reminder of that awful driver who insulted me after ruining my car, my day and my life, but something has changed, I’m not sitting down lamenting myself. I’m enjoying life despite the pain and my injuries and not only that I’m participating on the Burton Snowboarding Design Contest!
Rad & Totally Rad are my 2 designs submitted for the contest. It will be FABULOUS if you could cast your vote, or like they have it set up “critique” my boards. If I get selected I get to have my own completely personalized board with my own design! Critiquing my designs is super simple. Click the image below to go straight to my page and click on the “Login to Critique” button. You will be asked to login/create an account but you can also login with your facebook account. Once logged in, simply rate my Creativity, Design and Execution and click on the green “Save Critique” button. Oh! and don’t forget to share with your friends! The more positive Critiques my designs receive, the higher my chances!