This week, my daughter and I are at the beach on Maui, Hawaii, enjoying our first vacation since COVID hit in early 2020.
What makes this vacation extra special is that today, for the first time since Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) damaged her left leg in 2013, Lani got up on a surfboard and surfed!
It’s been a long journey–a year on crutches, more than 30 medical procedures, and at least a dozen medical specialists, plus another dozen practitioners of Eastern Medicine and alternative therapies. At times, it didn’t look like there was a clear path forward. In fact, most doctors she’s seen have thrown up their hands and said, “Sorry, can’t help you.”
Lani was an athlete before all this happened–the only girl in the local boys’ Little League, varsity goalie on her high school soccer team as a freshman, a dedicated snowboarder throughout college in Colorado. Not being able to do these things has been incredibly frustrating for her.
Some days, it definitely feels like the only movement is backward. But refusing to accept defeat and staying the course has its rewards.
Today is one of those days. Today we confirmed: Yes, she can.
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