I didn’t expect it to happen this soon, but crunch time is upon me. My travels have now led me to the point where a decision must be made. This is not like the other decisions I’ve had to make, where the grand scheme of things was not much affected. This is the decision which will decide where my recovery will ultimately take place and hopefully confirm within myself that I have found my path to recovery.
Since being in Atlanta I have participated in an intensive exercise program and also have been exposed to a type of spinal cord recovery which I have yet to be exposed to. Ever since going to Project Walk for the first time in June of 2006, I had it set in my mind that pushing the body to its limits with exercise was the means to awakening the nervous system and getting back on my feet. Coming into the Center IMT program and embracing what they do has not been easy. Intensive exercise was discarded for the time being and instead I simply laid down on a mat and had the IMT specialists work their magic on me with their skilled hands. Slowly the infectious positive attitude crept through my system and I realized that for the first time someone was telling me that they could not only get me up and walking again but maintain full restoration of my physical body.
The inside-out approach was completely foreign to me but with each visit to Center IMT, the approach made more and more sense. I’ve always wondered how I was supposed to get better when each day I felt like a sick individual. I thought the only reason I was sick was because I was paralyzed, and I never realized that my feeling sick was holding back my recovery. I believe Center IMT can revitalize a damaged system which is my body, and set the stage for a recovery which will blow every statistic out of the water.
My plan was to visit Austin for a month after my Atlanta trip, participating in a SCI recovery program while getting energy healing. Even though I had yet to visit Austin long-term, the prospect of living in Austin was leading the race. My thought process was not only could I exercise there, but I could also get a totally different aspect of recovery through spiritual energy healing. No where else could I get the double approach. However, Atlanta soon conveyed its own double approach being intensive exercise at Beyond Therapy along with the holistic inside-out approach of Center IMT. Now that both cities had a double approach I had to consider what was more important. I knew that the spiritual energy healing was important but was it necessary to live in Austin for to be effective? Ultimately the answer is no. Austin is only a two-day drive from Atlanta, and a trip to the state of Texas every couple of months should suffice to get zapped with enough healing energy to last me for a little while.
This decision has been very difficult as it has deviated from my plan. But I realize that being Atlanta will provide me with a 360° range of spinal cord recovery techniques. More importantly than any logic I can come up with, in my gut I know that it is the best option for me. For the first time in a long while, I am seeing things happen to my body. Motor movements in my legs are changing, and recently I’ve been able to initiate movements in my left leg different that any movement I have seen in the past two years. My urinary infections are fading, my breathing is stronger, and my voice resonates. I’m seeing improvements at the present moment and a vision persists in my mind, a vision of walking. I was really looking forward to spending time in Austin and I love the atmosphere of the city, but I seem to know what I have to do. There is no more time to waste. It is time for my recovery to begin.