Updates on the adventures of JJ's bionic Leg!
|Posted by [email protected] on March 6, 2020 at 7:05 PM||comments (40)|
A year later and life is still really amazing with The Exosym! Loving it more than ever.
It has been a quiet year adventure wise as I have been building my adaptive yoga business. No Himalyas hiking (boo hoo!). But the Exosym has got me around in the daily life with so much more ease that I just simply couldn't do the things I'm doing - live the life I'm living without it.
5 years later and The Exosym has been the BEST thing that ever happened to me in my life. It has opened doors in more ways than one. They said it has a life of 3-5 years - I am 5 years in and still going strong - I cannot see it breaking any time soon!
Rememer that the Exosym Facebook group is a great support and inspiration – lots of great advice on shoes and all that stuff there.
Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/383480891765476/?ref=group_browse" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://www.facebook.com/groups/383480891765476/?ref=group_browse
For anyone considering taking the leap of faith and considering the ExoSym – 5 years into it now and I still say whole heartedly GO FOR IT or JUST DO IT!!!
I am always happy to get mail or phone calls about this if anyone ever wants to talk their decision through
With love and blessings
|Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2019 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Thought it was about time I wrote an update, since I built this info website, it’s been almost 4 years and 4 adventurous years at that!
I took to the Exosym straight away and did not require much ‘break in’ time or adjustment – or so I thought lol! So, I went for it – hiking my arse off like there was no tomorrow! Was so enjoying having the freedom to walk pain free – let alone all the other small stuff that I could now do - like the normal stuff, like running into the supermarket, not having to be dropped off at my destination as close as possible to ‘save my feet’ and playing with my son and walking the dog and all that daily life normal stuff that makes life hard when you can’t do it, especially when it’s accompanied by immense pain! That is all literally GONE! No more rest, ice, compression and elevation for my foot.
After travelling to Seattle to get the device we spent 6 months travelling and working on farms around USA and Canada – what an incredible experience! Did some AMAZING hiking and got my zest for life back. Since returning home I have embarked on a completely different career and trained to be a yoga teacher – the device gave me the confidence to do it and now I am specializing in teaching yoga to those who don’t think they can! Disabilities, old age, wheelchair, surgeries, overweight etc. etc. etc. I run classes, courses, 1:1 private sessions and also retreats! I am really invested in learning and teaching accessible yoga, body positive yoga, yoga for ALL and yoga for everyBODY! Here is my website for more info on that http://www.theadaptiveyogi.co.nz I have also teamed up with my two Sisters and we run 'Sista Trio' leading retreats to stunning NZ and beyond locations – life is fun!!! (way more enjoyable than my sit down desk job crunching numbers!)
In 2016, I walked a half marathon over our Harbour Bridge in Auckland, New Zealand – which was such a huge achievement and fun and something I just could NOT do pre-Exosym.
In 2017 we took off on another family adventure travelling in Malaysia (challenging in the Exo as it was soo hot and humid) then onto Nepal to be involved in a school building project and then off to hike the Himalayas for 3 weeks with my family – yes hiking for THREE WEEKS in a row!!! It is completely hard to fathom that is even possible, to walk those HUGE miles day after day with no pain – but with the ExoSym - it is possible! To me. It truly feels miraculous. It was the most incredible experience – we went up 4,130 mtrs to Annapurna Base Camp and for my family it was the best experience ever. For my son, to experience this together and to see his Mama achieve this after all the years of immobility and pain, is priceless.
I’ve done many local hikes in my stunning country - New Zealand and lots of little walks in-between.
Just trying to get the message across that The Exosym has been the BEST thing that ever happened to me in my life. It has opened doors in more ways than one.
But there are some reality checks to consider – As I said above – I TOOK OFF with the device and went a bit hiking crazy……But I forgot a wee bit about my ‘good leg’. All my life, my left leg has been supporting my disability and taking the brunt, wearing the weight, staying the [email protected]! With each step. Enter Exosym and it’s a bit put out!!! First started were the knee problems – got my orthotics sorted, bit of physio and then was good to go. Then the latest is my heel – I have torn my plantar fascia in my heel on my good leg and also have a bone spur – I think the years of wear and tear are taking their toll on this side. Incredibly frustrating to be immobile again but it will heal - it’s been 6 months – they take time I’ve been told – the old healing the heel requires patience.
I do find the Exosym hard to wear in summer – in the heat – wearing heavy men’s black shoes and socks is hard going, but it is a small price to pay!
I have had to send my device back to Seattle for an adjustment – I posted it from NZ (extremely stressful couple of weeks as I insured it so US customs decided to hold onto it for a while and give me a heart attack, oh and they flew it around the country a bit!!) BUT then Ryan got his magic hands on it and adjusted the knee cuff in and sent it back with no problems at all – fit like a glove when it arrived and was good to go. He is very experienced at doing this, so if you do like a distance ay, don’t let it put you off! That was a couple of years ago and havn;t needed anything since. If I lived close I would take it in for a 'tune up' but it is doing the jon just nicely.
The Exosym Facebook group is a great support and inspiration – lots of great advice on shoes and all that stuff there.
For anyone considering taking the leap of faith and considering the ExoSym – almost 4 years into it now and I still say whole heartedly GO FOR IT or JUST DO IT!!!
With love and blessings