Sunday, October 4, 2009

One Step at a Time

One step at a time is what they all say. When Dr. Shroff heard that I stood up for the first time she wanted to jump right into the next step, walking. The morning of September 30th, 2009 I took my first step all by myself for the first time in 176 days. I was in metal and plastic braces that go about half way up my back for support because my legs are still too weak, but I did it all by myself. My physio, Jaya, was behind me making sure I wasn't going to fall, and Dr. Shroff was in front teaching me how to walk. She told me to put one hand forward, swing my hips opposite whatever hand I moved, and then pull my leg forward. Dr. Shroff dedicated about a half hour, no interruptions or anything, solely to get me to walk. If she wasn't there or wasn't willing to do that, I probably wouldn't have been able to walk for a couple more weeks. Everyone in the room was completely shocked that I was able to do it, I myself was even shocked. i can't put it into words how incredible it was to stand up straight and actually walk. A patient who was in the physio room when I happened to be walking, rolled over to me later and joked that I was going to be jogging up and down the streets in no time. Everyday since then that I've had physio we have been practicing and each day I seem to be getting better. Hopefully by the time I leave Nu Tech I will be walking without braces.

Sorry it has been so difficult to keep this blog updated, but starting tomorrow
there should be a new post everyday. We have been so busy lately that we haven't had time to keep the blog up to date, but we will catch you up on everything that has happened.


  1. Hi Monica,

    I have been reading your blog, and your journey already is SO amazing and inspirational!! I love logging in and finding out what the latest great news is!! It's sort of like Christmas every time I get to read a report on the last great hurdle you jumped!! Keep working hard at getting healthy - you are one of the most determined, positive, and brave teenagers I know!

    I'm feeling real positive about this one - this is going to be an amazing, life changing experience for you and I am glad you are giving us all a peek into it with this great blog!

    Thinking of you,
    Jill (Matt, Allison & Ryan too)

  2. This is sooo exciting!!! And it looks like you're taking time to have a little fun, too! (riding elephants??) I love that you always look happy. You have the brightest outlook and that will help you get better.

  3. Hi Monica,

    I'm so excited to hear about each new milestone in your Indian journey!
    Thank you for taking the time to keep everyone updated in your blog. Elephant riding too!! Elephants are great animals - very caring mothers, but they can't be trusted once they get hold of any rice beer - there's always some elephant getting drunk and tearing up the town - I keep up on the (weird) elephant news.

    One thing is for sure, they are good luck! Keep fighting the good fight.


  4. Hi Mon,

    A bit misty-eyed after reading your posts and particularly seeing your picture! BTW, congrats on sweating. From someone who sweats when they are nervous (the back kind), I welcome you to my world:)

    We are pulling for you and Kelsey is looking forward to seeing some crazy outfits from you when you return. Your lively pants are favorites.

    Tracy - I hope you're going to turn this journey into a book. Inspirational for all.
    Katie, Steffen, Elliot & Kelsey

  5. hey monica i'm super happy for you! :) keep it up. love you!

    -Sophia <3

  6. Always remember... to quote Dr. Shroff... 'petite steps... like a lady'! : ) Personally I thought you were a cross between the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz when he first gets off his post and has no hip or leg control... and the Tin man who stiffly, and ever so slowly keeps moving those legs forward! All they need is a little oil! GO MONICA GO!!!

  7. Monica-
    I am so proud of you! You are amazing - I can see how hard you are working and doing it all with a smile and such a great positive attitude! It's exciting to see the progress and I know more is to come. Love you- Sheri