Julia Today

Adventures filled with gratitude for those who make my life possible.

<p>Surfing with the High Fives Foundation in Maui!! AAAAHH what an amazing experience!! Thank you for making me feel so welcomed! AND thank you Grant Korgan for inviting me out- riding that last wave with you was epic!<br/>
*more pics to come:)</p>

Surfing with the High Fives Foundation in Maui!! AAAAHH what an amazing experience!! Thank you for making me feel so welcomed! AND thank you Grant Korgan for inviting me out- riding that last wave with you was epic!
*more pics to come:)

Posted 184 weeks ago

It’s started. My third day of therapy here on Maui with the lovely Alejandra and she has somehow managed to open up nerve pathways to get some signals down to my fingers. It’s a really small movement, but if there is movement, there is something to strengthen. Yes! Now two hours of practice after my two hour session!

マウイ島でのリハビリ3日目に入りました。 トレイナーのアレハンドラによって、長い間眠っていた指先に神経が繋がった瞬間!
小さな動きでわかりにくいけど私には確実に繋がった感覚がわかる。
一日2時間のクラスの後、家に帰り2時間の練習にしっかりと集中しなくては!!

Posted 185 weeks ago
<p>Adapt. When you’re not able to do something you figure out a new way to do it. <br/>
When you rely on others for everything you do, every little thing you learn to do on your own is a victory. I got these adaptive nail clippers and would spend 30-40 minutes clipping my nails, sometimes giving up after clipping one hand. Just yesterday it took my 5 minutes to clip both hands on my own. <br/>
Victory. <br/>
This is why I will never give up on my recovery. </p>

<p>できるようになった!<br/>
出来ないことが出来るように模索してできた時の感激の瞬間がたまらな〜い!今まで30分40分かかっていた爪切りが、嫌になって片手の爪だけで諦めてたのに、昨日ついに、5分で両手の爪がチョチョイっと切れた!だから私はぜったい諦めない!</p>

Adapt. When you’re not able to do something you figure out a new way to do it.
When you rely on others for everything you do, every little thing you learn to do on your own is a victory. I got these adaptive nail clippers and would spend 30-40 minutes clipping my nails, sometimes giving up after clipping one hand. Just yesterday it took my 5 minutes to clip both hands on my own.
Victory.
This is why I will never give up on my recovery.

できるようになった!
出来ないことが出来るように模索してできた時の感激の瞬間がたまらな〜い!今まで30分40分かかっていた爪切りが、嫌になって片手の爪だけで諦めてたのに、昨日ついに、5分で両手の爪がチョチョイっと切れた!だから私はぜったい諦めない!

Posted 188 weeks ago
<p>Need to strengthen that core! When I started I couldn’t even hold myself up in a chair. Hard work pays off:)</p>

<p>何をするにも強い体幹が重要だよ!始めは車いすに座っていることも大変だったけど、信じて頑張ればこんなに上達するんだよ〜</p>

Need to strengthen that core! When I started I couldn’t even hold myself up in a chair. Hard work pays off:)

何をするにも強い体幹が重要だよ!始めは車いすに座っていることも大変だったけど、信じて頑張ればこんなに上達するんだよ〜

Posted 188 weeks ago
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Posted 189 weeks ago
<p>Getting that protein in!💪💪</p>

<p>筋肉つけるぞーー*\(^o^)/*</p>

Getting that protein in!💪💪

筋肉つけるぞーー*\(^o^)/*

Posted 192 weeks ago
<p>Skincare night~ it’s important to take care of yourself;)</p>

<p>肌の手入れは大切だよ〜何時もはできないけど、できる時はちゃんとしよ〜っと♡</p>

Skincare night~ it’s important to take care of yourself;)

肌の手入れは大切だよ〜何時もはできないけど、できる時はちゃんとしよ〜っと♡

Posted 192 weeks ago

Six years.

I try not to pay too much attention to anniversaries, but this one seems to be nudging me for some acknowledgement. At times it feels like it’s been a long, grueling six years and at others it feels like six years flew by and I didn’t get to fill them with more…accomplishments.

Why am I still in a wheelchair? Why am I still unable to care for myself? I’d be lying if I told you these thoughts didn’t cross my mind. But let me tell you what six years of paralysis has brought me:

-I no longer need special silverware or plates to be able to feed myself.

-I no longer need help brushing my teeth.

-I can pick up a water bottle or cup to drink whenever I please.

-I can play fetch with my dog.

-My mom can ask me to pass the box of tissues (because I CAN PASS THE TISSUES!).

These all seem like insignificant, mundane task, but regaining all of these things are actually incredible accomplishments and is the culmination of the incremental progress that I have made, through my daily efforts, over the last six years.

So many people disappeared out of my life since my accident, but the most amazing people have stayed in my life and the most genuine and kind people have replaced the people I have lost. I am so blessed to have the support system that I do and cannot go without crediting them for the progress that I’ve made.

Thank you, all, for joining me on the extraordinary journey.

Posted 197 weeks ago
<p>I had a great workout today! Tried something new- standing rows. I was able keep my knees locked out and had a great connection with my back. </p>

<p>今日もリハビリ頑張ったよ〜!見てー足一人でのばしてるんだぞー!すごく大変だったけど、背中の筋肉も頑張ってるのが感じて嬉しい〜</p>

I had a great workout today! Tried something new- standing rows. I was able keep my knees locked out and had a great connection with my back.

今日もリハビリ頑張ったよ〜!見てー足一人でのばしてるんだぞー!すごく大変だったけど、背中の筋肉も頑張ってるのが感じて嬉しい〜

Posted 198 weeks ago

I’m now able to lock out and pull through with both legs!!!! The trainer’s hands are just there for safety!\(^o^)/歩くの上手くなってきたよ!トレーナーの手は安全のためあるだけーあとは全部一人〜うふ\(^o^)/

Posted 200 weeks ago