During my mid twenties, shortly after giving birth to my second son, I was diagnosed with Cervical Spinal Stenosis. I had no idea what this meant for my life, but I knew it wasn't good. My mind spiraled out of control as I attempted to pinpoint the past moments that could have potentially contributed to the development of my newly diagnosed condition. Was it the many years of working hard labor? Or was it my obsession to lose weight after pregnancy that caused me to overdo my exercise routine? Though all of the aforementioned possibly played a part, what I eventually learned, is that my condition was Congenital.
In my mind, I must've felt every emotion that ever existed, over and over again. I felt hopeless, as though I never had a fighting chance. As other secondary conditions started to kick in, such as Small Fiber Neuropathy, Degenerative Disc Disease, as well as a few others... I began to realize that time was not on my side.
And then... My fight kicked in.
I started researching ways to give myself a better quality of life, as Spinal Stenosis, is a progressive condition. What I learned is that Spinal Stenosis is something usually found in elderly people, and that if a young person or young adult develops this condition, it's typically due to a severe injury, an accident, or in my case, congenital.
Imagine the "time" I had trying to convince doctors of my condition while in my mid twenties! For years there were many doctors that wouldn't take a second look at me or acknowledge my symptoms. Even to this day, now in my thirties, I STILL have doctors that refuse to believe/look more into my condition. Not to mention being the elephant in the room at every doctors appointment! I was always the youngest person in the room. Everyone else was elderly. Can you imagine the type of looks I received?! (smile)
It has definitely been a journey for sure.
From pain, to tears, to laughter and acceptance; I invite you to join me as I comically illustrate the experiences, ups, and downs, as the life of a young person living with Spinal Stenosis.