Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Disabled Hiker, Feeling Earth, Part 11

Episode 4, Feeling Earth

Part 11, On the Way Home

As the final installment in the Feeling Earth episode, it is my wish to get a little personal with my audience by finally discussing My Life With Invisible Disability.

This past August I had the amazing opportunity to attend the US Pain Foundation Ambassadors Summit, in Parsippany New Jersey. While there, one of the many things I learned was the importance of sharing our own pain story. Advocating to the community and our legislative officials can have a huge impact on the way those living with debilitating illness are viewed and often stigmatized.

As a person living with invisible disability, and understanding that added pain is inevitable on my hikes, over the years I've crafted what I like to call My Back-Home Recovery List. However, as these six ideas are basic in nature, it is essential to consider adding to them and making your own Back-Home Recovery List.

I know a great many of my followers are very inspired by the things I do. And I am so grateful and humbled by this. Which is why I feel it is so very important to let you in on a few things about the filming that goes on behind the scenes. If for no other reason, for safety sake alone.

This year's episode, Feeling Earth, was filmed over the course of three separate hiking trips to the same location. During which I film as much as I possibly can depending on my pain and mobility issues at that time. At the end of the filming season, I chose one of these filmed excursions as the narrative for the episode itself and then added scenes from the other two trips to make sure everything gets included.

The safety of my viewers is of the utmost importance to me so that none of them are injured in any way trying to do as it 'appears that I have done. But I stress that this is an appearance only. And it is my profound wish that by imparting this knowledge about how the episode was created, that it will encourage you to slow down, take as long as you need, only go as far as you can, carry only what you can, and above all else... Come home safely.

In closing, I would like to thank my many subscribers and followers, as well as a long list of wonderful people who helped make Feeling Earth possible.
(Please check out the list in the credits, as all these beautiful people are listed there.)

Until next time my friends,
Happy Hiking.
Terry Craig
~ The Disabled Hiker ~

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