But I take a lot of pride in how independent I’ve become despite the disability. Much more so than before the injury. I finally left Long Island and moved to the city. I’ve taken my health into my own hands, which is huge for me. I have doctor appointments every day this week but in a good way. Bronx Bombers New York Yankees 3D Hoodie. I’m being proactive about my health. I can’t do high impact exercises, but I’m weightlifting a lot. And I’m traveling. Next month I’m going to Sri Lanka and India. The sixteen-hour plane ride is going to be brutal, but it’s important for me. I don’t want to have any barriers. A couple years ago I went on a five day trek in Patagonia. It was completely off the grid. Just me, my sister, and my map. My mother was terrified. It was my first major travel since the accident. And there’s no satellite reception, so if you hurt yourself, you’re done.
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But I was determined. I didn’t want my sister to leave me behind. So I exercised every day for six weeks. I bought some hiking sticks and supportive shoes. I carried 60 lbs of supplies on my back. Each day we hiked eight miles. Bronx Bombers New York Yankees 3D Hoodie. I brought five pieces of chocolate one for each day we finished. At night I’d rest my back. The last day was the hardest. We covered sixteen miles and climbed the highest summit. I kept trying to talk myself out of it. I was stopping every 50 feet. I told my sister to keep going, but she stayed with me. And we finally got to the top. It wasn’t very cinematic. There was so much fog you couldn’t see a thing. But it was a huge deal for me. And I got to eat my last piece of chocolate.