As moderator of Medmassager’s social media pages, I thought I would introduce myself and share my story.
While in grad school, I started working as a sales associate for MedMassager. I fell in LOVE with their machines, and at around the same time I was diagnosed with adrenal burnout. I struggled with extreme fatigue, and late in 2012, felt like I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. Not to mention, I started waking up in the middle of the night and would toss and turn for hours, unable to get comfortable. I felt so restless. Early one morning, I woke up and was unable to fall back asleep. I decided to follow the advice I had given so many people to whom I had sold massagers to, and put my feet on the foot massager. Within 15 minutes of using the massager, my body had calmed down so much, I was able to sleep through the night without further tossing and turning. At that time, when I was at my sickest, MedMassager was a life-saver. Then one Saturday evening in November 2014, I was driving home from a late movie when my life changed forever. I was struck head-on by a wrong-way drunk driver. I was immediatedly paralyzed from the waist down with other life-threatening injuries. The doctors told my family and friends they were not sure if I would ever walk again, though they were hopeful, because “I was young. active, and healthy.”
It has now been four years since that fateful night and my surgeons refer to me as the “miracle patient.” I have made a miraculous recovery, though I still struggle with the effects of paralysis. Although my original diagnosis of paraplegia hasn’t changed- I am now considered a high-functioning paraplegic- I can walk without any assistive devices, except for foot orthotics. As a result of the crash, I live with daily nerve pain including numbness, stabbing, shooting and tingling sensations. I also have neuropathy as a result of the severe damage to my spinal nerves. On a nightly basis, however, the tingling is the most troublesome. It feels like a million needles stabbing me— or tiny ants crawling all over my feet at different intensities. I keep the MedMassager at the end of my bed and use it EVERY night, without fail, otherwise I am unable to sleep well because the tingling takes over. Before I discovered that I could use either massager while I slept, I would pace for hours, praying the tingling would stop so that I could sleep. I felt like a zombie the first week the tingling started. Not even medication could take the tingling fully away.