When all you got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know you do
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through…
Move along
~All-American Rejects

First full week of Rebif injections over and done. It’s been a smoother ride than when I was on for Copaxone for a few months back in 2010. My worst injection came Tuesday night when I used the auto-injector, instead of doing a manual shot; that injection site was bloody and bruised immediately. No more auto-injector.

The past seven days have been pretty grueling. Sunday was the bottom and I climbed up from there. There are so many things going on in my family, I can’t help but just shake my head and wonder if this is all really happening. I’ve adapted myself over the past couple of years to truly “live in the moment,” so I usually do a decent job coping with varied crises. One moment at a time; one crossroad at a time, one day at a time. I’ve also done a pretty good job at staying out of the darker corners of my mind, and of the Universe. I’ve written about this before: there is so much to learn in the dark – clarification can be found there, as well a deeper appreciation for the light. I find it a worthwhile place to travel to – but a mighty dangerous place to stay. I am really proud of the way I’ve handled the darkness lately.

I had a truly remarkable experience on Wednesday… a real awakening. Perhaps more of a REawakening – a remembrance of things I once knew. This experience is for a different post on another day, but it really helped ground me into this life I’m living now, and it brought about an opportunity to think about this:

What are we getting up every day for? What are we moving towards? Emotionally and physically… where are we striving to go? As anyone who has dealt with a major illness (or a temporary disability) can tell you, sometimes we spend all our energy getting back to a place of basic freedom, movement and ability. I recently found a way to simply remember a time when I could not walk by my own power, without reclaiming it, or fearing the possibility of a return to that time. That’s important. We should all yearn to remember without reclaiming. That was then; this is now. What did you learn; what can you do today to respect that part of you that wants to just – get – moving. Physically, emotionally, spiritually … let’s keep moving along, with respect for the past and enthusiasm for the future… and let’s always pray for the energy to appreciate the time we are given for today.

In that spirit, I want to offer my thanks to the Universe for allowing me to spend two hours of my day today hiking Buttermilk Falls – down steep steps and up a grueling trail. It was a stunning view … I was grateful for the ability to see it. My legs are bruised and marred from injections, they are not as tone as I want them to be and my cardiovascular fitness leaves so much to be desired; nonetheless, I am using this body to carry me forward, and I am using this spirit to move along – and THAT is divine.

I hope you find the strength to move along, too –
Rhéa

Right & Left Leg Bruises (the left was from 4 nights ago; the right was 6 nights ago)
Right & Left Leg Bruises (the left was from 4 nights ago; the right was 6 nights ago)
Blessed for the opportunity to hike up and down the falls; determination, stubbornness, and the SUPERHERO TANK - all contributed to this powerful venture.    (Click on the photo for the first mention of this fabulous tank top)
Blessed for the opportunity to hike up and down the falls; determination, stubbornness, and the SUPERHERO TANK – all contributed to this powerful venture. (Click on the photo for the first mention of this fabulous tank top)
Post-hike. My sidekick. AND my hero <3
Post-hike. My sidekick. AND my hero ❤

3 thoughts on “Move Along…

  1. Miss Tina – thank you for your continued love, support and friendship. You hold such a special place in my heart xo I am thankful for the good moments as well – and I believe my attention to them only facilitates more of them to come along!

    P.S. The accent thing is hit or miss on the computers, I know 🙂 Try this: Hit the “ALT” button on your keyboard, and while still pressing it, use the number pad to type in “0, 2, 3, 3” – that’s ALT + 0233. When you release, you should get the é … like magic 🙂

  2. Rhea,
    I am so glad you were able to go for that hike today. I am sorry for the difficulty of the past week and for the painful shots but I am glad they have gotten easier and you were able to do something you enjoyed. I can never say enough how much you amaze me and how inspiring and deep your posts are. You may think your legs are marred from injections and not as tone as you’d like but I think they are strong, and strong is beautiful. They are strong because they are a part of you and you are strong. They endure the shots. They carry you – literally or figuratively (your choice) through the day. I am thankful for your good moments and hope that they continue to appear more and more often. I love you.

    P.S. I tried to copy and paste your name so that I got the little swoosh over the e but it wasn’t working. I just want you to know that I’m not intentionally misspelling your name, I just don’t know how to get the accent.

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