“My name is Cynthia Fabian, I am a former teacher and now an author/general writer and speaker. My story is more about perception than it is about recovery, because I believe recovery is in the mind more so than the body. What is pain? It manifests itself in the mind and when you learn to manage it, pain in all forces diminishes or ceases to exist.”
She shared, “Originally, I was diagnosed with seizures and I took many a fall from seizures until the right medication was found. So structurally, my body was not in the best condition, along with hereditary factors. I then fell at the college where I taught, not seizure related, and my knees began to deteriorate rapidly. Further, when I went back to work and I worked two jobs, one teaching in the day, one in the evening, a child jumped on my back while fighting with another student. I never saw it coming, but my neck has limited mobility. I was very upset when I had to leave my job because my body would no longer cooperate, but I have made lemonade, so to speak out of lemons. I now write books for children, overcoming obstacles. One of them is about a boy with epilepsy that has a seizure at school and how he copes.”
Cynthia discussed rehabilitation, “I have done the traditional route of therapy and then physical rehabilitation, but I found PT did not help, as they could only do one body part at a time. I would be so frustrated as the other was hurting as well and it could not be taken care of properly. I now depend on myself for therapy and even have an infrared heat lamp for the occasional swelling or pain. I do all exercises myself and am happy about the outcome.”
Her advice to someone suffering life altering injury/illness, “To a certain degree you do have to be proactive in finding a solution, however, most importantly, your state of mind is the key to a positive life.”
She attributes her ability to persevere to lifetime lessons.
Her closing words, “I have always had to go through some type of obstacle, as a child, I lost my mother, later my father before high school graduation. My life was always a continual bevy of having to deal with situations and survival.”
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