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A little about me

Why this blog:
I’m just a girl, a woman really, but a woman that lived a lot of my life in pain from a dysfunction in my pelvis, there are a lot of names for it, but I was taught to call it Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. It hurt, a lot, and as hard as I fought my pain took a lot of the things I loved about my life and who I was.  This blog is about finding those things I loved and thought I lost, and learning who I am again.

Pain has a way of changing the way we interact with the world, ourselves and our bodies. It hurts us deeply in so many ways and this little corner of the internet is about me and my journey of rebuilding my life after healing from all that pain, and the thoughts I have that hopefully help you reclaim some of those lost loves, or at least see a spark of hope that we are works in progress and our value is not lost.

I have come to love the work of Art by the name Venus De Milo, also known as The Aphrodite of Milos. She is a work of art created long long long ago and is one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. The statue is believed to depict the goddess of love and beauty,Aphrodite, or in her Roman form, Venus. Her craftsmanship is amazing, and her worth is priceless and she stands, displayed, at an art museum in France, The Louver. Before being displayed in one of the most famous art museums in the world, she was found in the rubble of the ancient city, Milos in 1820.

This beautiful statue must have been a wreck when it was found, can you imagine the layers of dirt and grim, that might have covered this masterpiece? She had been buried there for how many hundreds of years? What of her arms? Where did they go, they were believed to have been there originally. For me this statue resonates with my heart. Something that was once vibrant and probably a centerpiece of activity had been hidden away and broken, seemingly forgotten about until the day she was accidentally found. She is not in the same shape she started, but now she is something more.

We are all masterpieces waiting to be found and restored. There are still so many reasons to hope, no matter where you are in your journey with pain and dysfunction. Your not alone, and you have so much to give. You, yes you, YOU have so much to give and share with the world, and I hope you are encouraged to restore your hope here.

~Amy

Why I haven’t changed my journal:
I started writing my journey down when I realized that there were no stories or conversations about what happened after a surgical intervention – no matter what kind of intervention it was, people just disappeared from forums and facebook pages…. it was sad, confusing, and hard to try to make a decision feeling so alone.  So I promised myself that I would write about my experience as it happened, while it was happening.  I have tried not to go back and fix mistakes, or things I understand differently now – it was written the way I experienced it.  I started my journey with this journal in a facebook group, and was then invited to join a friends blog – www.mysijd.com, and recently purchased my own domain to spread my wings a little more and see if I could fly.  I often look back at parts of my journal and think… really?!!  You thought that?  or ummm ok you DID feel that- but what about all the other awful things you were feeling and experiencing?  You didn’t write about those… why?  Well, because I was writing as they happened, I was trying to maintain hope – to reserve the idea that I COULD get better.  Not to mention if your reading this you already KNOW how hard hope can be to hang on to!  I didn’t really feel like I needed to cover the stuff we all know!  So as you read, remember that ok…. not all my opinions are the same today as they were the day I wrote them.  Heck, they change through out the recovery process!

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13 Responses to A little about me

  1. Catherine Hanna

    Sorry that you suffer so much. Saw your link in our Sacroilliac group on FB.
    Its a Dreadful condition. With Such Little known about it. Really unknown here in Ireland.
    Look after yourself. Xx

  2. Marva Silva

    Hi Amy:

    I started reading your blog yesterday. For the first time in a long time I felt like someone understood me. Thank you for being a voice in this terrible dysfunction. My life has been turned upside down since this whole thing started. Reading your blog has given me renewed hope that I too may someday be on the other side of this pain. I know it’s not going to be a short journey, but at least now I can come to your blog and feel like someone is walking beside me. Thank you.

  3. TwoDimes

    Found your blog, Amy! Wonderful! It will take me a while to read it. You are an exceptionally good writer! I really enjoy good writing! So far, I have read about your first 8 weeks and your first year. What a difference. Already, from what I have read, you have given me MUCH hope! Thank you, Amy!

  4. Amy Schimmelpfennig Henson

    Hi Amy…my name is Amy as well and we have a mutual friend (Scott S.) who suggested I visit your Blog….I am very excited to follow your journey.

    • Amy

      Hi Amy, I’m glad you “stopped by”. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or I can help you in any way! I’m sorry your in the kind of pain that brings you to this blog, but I am glad you have friends like Scott :).

      amy@restoringvenus.com

  5. Cheryl

    Beautiful illustration. “We are all masterpieces waiting to be found and restored.” I need to meditate in that one.

  6. shavonne

    I was recently told that I have to get a si joint injection after a accident i had in sept of 2011 well i am having a really bad burning tingly feeling in my left leg hip thigh butt even down in my foot and toes.. what should i do it hurts should i go to the docter????????????

    • Amy

      Shavonne,
      An Injection into the SI joint is one way that Dr’s can help confirm that your SI joint is a source of your pain. They often use a numbing agent and want you to track your usually pain for the time right after the injection ( a few hours) and then also can add a steroid into the injection as well that may help give some symptom relief.

      I hope that it helps get to the source of your pain, and allows you some relief!
      ~Amy

      • shavonne

        Im scheduled for the injection july 17 then a doctets appt. July 23. But the feeling im having now is like my thigh, butt, back, hip is burning it the numbness comes and goes along with the sharp pains. I was assigned to light duty at my job (sit at desk for 12 hours) but i havent bgoing becauae i have told the docter repeatedly it hurts to sit for any period of time. The docter i was going to since sept of last year refused to listen to any of my symptoms like i was crazy. All he did was keep giving me prescriptions for norco 7.5 which dont work for the pain anymore Im forced to lay tolean to the unafffected side if i want to sit. It hurts to walk, stand or sit to long. I almost fell because the pain got so bad so now i use a cane when i walk. Im starting to think i am crazy this pain is getting worse. I am going to the er if it doesnt stop because ii am up at 3 am because i cant sleep because of the burning feeling. Please tell me im not crazey

        • Amy

          You are not crazy at all, and I am sorry your Dr’s aren’t really listening to you. I suggest that you talk to your medical professionals about your concerns, and if they can’t hear you, find someone who can. Your health is too important.
          Hang in there! Your pain is real and you are NOT crazy for thinking it is.

  7. Melinda

    Here we go!!! Good for you! Looking forward to reading more!!!

    • Amy

      😀 Thanks Melinda! I look forward to another weekend long chat fest this weekend!

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