Hello Bill. If anytime you want to get together, day or night to do kata, just give me a call and I'll make the trip.
YOU are my model for survival, my model of sheer internal power and intestinal fortitude. "...harder than mine..."
is a relative term because I feel likewise about you. We each have out own cat's apostrophy and are dealing with it as best we can and function a normal [what is normal anymore] life as often as possible and enjoy it when those opportunities persist. All I know is that I'm "me" and it is in my makeup, my instinct, to fight. The same as it is in yours and Ron's too. I don't need to discuss the pain thing, Bill. However, 20 years is a long time to be trapped inside a useless crippled body from which there is no escape [THIS is my pain, for I will never accept my lot] and it continually wears on me and sometimes even gets me down for a brief time. Then, people like you, Lori, and now Ron pop to the surface and just by their presence, things are ok again; sort of an analgesic -- and a good one.
These maladies of human life are things which healthy young people do not know about, do not understand nor even care to listen to. So we don't usually talk about them, rather the finer and funner things in life whenever we can.
Ron, when they operated on you, did they fuse or remove anything? Sometimes people walk away from those things with only a stiff neck (from fusion) and others remain paraplegic for life. Please tell us more about YOU; where you are on your journey. Please tell us about the specifics of your injury, your trials and tribulations, and your story of success. You are such a newcomer to the club it may be difficult to express it verbally or written. I know that for me, I couldn't talk about "it" for well over ten years after the accident, now I do to help others.
The "TC", Ron, is short for "Torture Chamber." At the original location as originally practiced, it was a 3-hour total abandonment of the self with complete immersion of mind, body, and spirit into the most difficult, painful practice of kata I have ever experienced in my 30 some-odd years of doing martial arts anywhere in the U.S.A. It is still an ordeal, but with shortened class times, the newbies don't know what they are missing [and don't want to know, either].
from Uechi-ryu Etcetera