When I was 19 years old (12/1993), I was in a horrible automobile accident, a van landed on top my car, afterwards doctors told me I would need pain meds and would be in pain for the rest of my life.
I had a Jefferson fracture of C1 vertebrae, ruptured spleen, broken ribs, broke my left arm, had a titanium rod in left femur, screws in my chin, I developed pneumonia, blood clots, and I was revived 3 times after I coded.
Afterwards during recovery, I refused to take the pain meds they prescribed, because they made me feel nauseated and dizzy. Furthermore, the little bit of pain relief they provided was not worth all the side effects.
When I was wheeled out of the hospital, I suffered a high amount of pain rated 9+ out of 10 on a daily basis. Regardless, I would not take the pain meds that they prescribed for me, because they made me sick and need more meds. That went on for years, then finally in 1995, a dentist discovered that I didn't have any mandible's, apparently, they had been shattered in the accident, and then they had been slowly absorbed into my body (needed TMJ surgery).
In 1996, I had total bilateral TMJ joint replacement that instantly relieved me of more than half of the pain and all the dizziness I had endured for all those years, and I felt human again.
Several times a year I would get terrible muscle spasms in my neck that would be so bad that I would not be able to move my neck up and down or left to right, until it released. When that happened, I would use drug store wintergreen and peppermint oil that sometimes worked, but when it didn't, I would take one of the prescription muscle relaxers that I kept on hand for emergencies thay made me feel horrible.
One day in 2014, when I did not have any muscle relaxers (they had expired a year earlier) and the drug store brand of wintergreen and peppermint oils did not work. I told a friend about my neck who tried her Young Living oils on my neck, and within 20 minutes my neck released and it was as though it had never locked in place, and the spasms went away.
Since, then I use a wide variety of Young Living essential oils that I keep on hand. I am working towards having a chemical-free home, while improving the health and wellness of my family.
In 1994 I learned that giving up isn't an option and that when someone tells you that you will not be able to do something, their not always right. Healing isn’t just body, it includes the mind.
Since 1994, I searched and prayed for answers as to why I was unable to run.
On 8/5/16 I began running from front door to mailbox at times still having some problems with sciatic nerve and left leg buckling thanks to a chiropractor I found in May 2016.
If you have health problems or are in pain, pray and don't give up trying to find an answer. Also remember doctors don't always know what they are talking about since they are only human. You can't control others or change their opinions, but you can take charge of your own health and do what you know is best for you and your family.
In 2017 I began working on my OolaLife (Life of awesomeness). Goal is to try my hardest to accomplish all 7 F’s of Oola before 2025.
1. Fitness -
Dream: I want to be fit, healthy and full of energy.
Why: I want to be in the best shape possible for me and my family (play with grandkids).
Goal 1: workout 2 days a week for 30 minutes
Goal 2: Walk as much as I can everyday day
Goal 3: Watch my diet and drink more water 5 days a week
2. Field -
Dream: Be the best parent I can be and show kids the correct values in life while helping others.
Why: I want my kids to treat people how they want to be treated and to help out when they see a need.
Goal 1 - share Young Living
Goal 2 - share Oola with others
Goal 3 - find activities that kids can help in (read to elderly, rake leaves for elderly, etc.)
3. Fun -
Dream: Cruise, explore the United States National Parks and other wonders.
Why: Forget stress, phones, etc. and just relax.
Goal 1 - have more fun outdoors (hiking, etc.)
Goal 2 - have more fun indoors (board games, learn chess again, etc.)
Goal 3 - volunteer 1 day a week for a few hours
4. Finance -
Dream: financially free, house cleaned and remodeled and living an OolaLife.
Why: Less stress
Goal 1 - Auto Paid Off within 7 years
Goal 2 - Credit Cards Paid Off within 1 year
Goal 3 - House Paid Off within 7 years
Goal 4 - Teeth fixed in 2020 (anagram fillings and bridges all replaced since they were done around 1996 and causing problems plus 5 or 6 are abscessed).
5. Family -
Dream: Everyone gets along.
Why: I want us to be able to communicate, be there for each other and work together towards goals and dreams
Goal 1 - spend quality time together at kitchen table over dinner listening and learning about each other's dreams
Goal 2 - vacation for 1 week every summer that is electronic, tv, phone free
Goal 3 - sit down on Sundays and make weekly menu together along with weekly plans.
6. Faith -
Dream: Help others like others have helped me. Help make the world a better place.
Why: God kept me alive after wreck when I had little chance of surviving. I was introduced to essential oils in 1994 and Young Living in 2013 which has helped me to live relatively pain free.
Goal 1 - read bible (10 minutes before bed @ 5 days a week) and try to grow in faith.
Goal 2 - When I see a need, share Oola.
Goal 3 - When I see a need, share Young Living
Goal 4 - Find a church that I like
7. Friends -
Dream: Find friends who are true friends and also follow OolaLife Goals.
Why: Friends who follow Oola Goals realize that everyone is growing and learning. Not negative.
Goal 1 - volunteer and make new friends
Goal 2 - accountability partners
Goal 3 - can talk and share opinions
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