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Finding old photos is a funny thing. On one hand it takes you right back to that moment in time. On the other it allows you to see exactly what you have overcome!

Six years ago I was able to finally start walking without a cane and was blessed by Channel 13 News here in Tucson, Az. to photograph my first Tucson rodeo parade! I can't begin to tell you how excited I was! Even though I knew I would hurt and not be able to move for a week afterwards, I wanted nothing more than to get out there and be creative!

As I sit here looking back at this photo, I find myself not even knowing who that person was other than grateful to be walking and alive!I can remember the excitement I felt, but looking at "her", I truly have no idea who she was. I don't recognize her at all. I know that may sound weird! Sitting here now all I can think is wow!!!!! What a difference 6 year's, a lot of rehabilitation work & CBD make!

16 year's of my life I spent in bed living through a TV. That is how I was able to travel the world, go out for New Year's eve, enjoy the mountains or beaches! I went through surgery after surgery. Debilitating depression and pain where I almost ended my own life! Though thoroughly drained at times, I clawed my way back to the world of the living where I felt somewhat normal and could finally walk again!

From wheel chair to walker to cane. To many surgeries to count. A rolodex of doctor's, physical therapy establishments, pain management clinics and so much more. It literally took me another six years working hard to train my brain to tell my left leg to move so I could walk again. I slowly started to get back to my old self with the tremendous help and support of my family.

Between cycling and CBD, I started my life over again! Both helped save my life! I really don't know where I would be without them! I have met so many inspiring people that it just makes me want to work harder! And now with my awesome team at Bella Sante', I get to help other's! That warms my heart beyond words!

As I ran across these photos today, I decided to share this to try to inspire other's who are fighting through difficulties! It is not easy for me to share before photos. In fact I have very few, as I simply wouldn't allow my picture to be taken. I didn't feel worthy. I felt like an empty shell of a person!

However I want to tell other's to keep going! Life does get better! Keep the faith and work hard every day! You have a purpose! Life is good even if at times you have to pull back the dark drapes to see the sliver of light! Remember to live, laugh and love! Tomorrow is never promised. Please, tell your story! You never know who you might help!

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