A Letter To My Younger Self

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Dear younger FZ,
I know that right now you are confused, in pain, and very frightened, but everything is going to be even better than ok. You have an injury in your left foot called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (over time you will learn that name off by heart!), and it is a nervous system dysfunction, which means your brain is sending the wrong messages to your foot. Now, this will cause you massive amounts of pain, but the journey you go on and the people you meet are spectacular.
You will be going as an impatient to the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and I know this will freak you out to the point of crying in public, but your parents come with you and tell you stories about when they had to go to hospital and all the people they met, and they make you feel a lot better. When you stay at the hospital, you have lots of hard physiotherapy to get through, but you will meet your physiotherapist that helps you through the pain. You, your mum and your physiotherapist with even go to a cafe in the hospital and you will get so much cocoa in your hot chocolate it will be like heaven! You go to that hospital 3 times, the first time for 4 days, the second for 2 weeks and the last time for another 2 weeks. After the second time, you and your family go on a well overdue holiday to Adelaide. You are on the beach having lots of fun, and even though you put on lots of sunscreen, something terrible happens…your sore foot gets sunburnt! You can’t join in with any other activities that will hurt your foot, but somehow your family makes you feel very included. Always remember how great your family is! So after you finish your holiday (which will still be an amazing, fun time), you have to go back to hospital for 2 weeks. Sadly your last physiotherapist can’t have you as her patient, so you get a new one. It may feel like you are being pushed way to hard and even though after many sessions you have a bit of a cry, you learn much more and still have your mum’s cuddles and your family’s encouraging words. Plus, there is always the StarLight room where you discover a game that could almost be made just for you (spoiler alert! It is a fashion game where you have your own store and avatar and you enter outfits for fashion shows! You love it…and you sort of get a bit addicted to it!)! Once you go to the Adelaide hospital for the third time, it is also the last time!
You end up buying a wheelchair, and you go on weird types of crutches, but you get used to them both. You build up to not using crutches around the house at all and using the wheelchair only sometimes in big places, but you do have to start over because of flare ups every once in a while. You are very strong and determined, and even when you have to start over your process of walking again, you accomplish it.
You have a blog, and everyone is so supportive and encouraging that views it. You are able to talk about struggles, achievements and sometimes random stuff that pops into your imaginative brain! Oh yeah, you also name your two feet Lexi Leftie and Rainy Righty, and you have a Lexiversery once a year to celebrate how long you have been a survivor of CRPS.
Basically, your life is a roller coaster of dramatically painful lows and out of this world highs, but you always have people that love and care about you, so don’t worry, you can get through everything life throws at you!Β Never give up on anything little FZ!

Love your future self, FZ out!! πŸ™‚

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Random Act of Kindness: September- Nursing Home Gifts

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Hola!
Everybody knows that I love to complete very special random acts of kindness for very special people, and for this month I have chosen to give out my RAOK to some people that may seem invisible to others simply because they live out of sight – people in nursing homes. My grandma stayed in a nursing home for the last of her years and so that is another reason why I thought it would be nice to give out September’s random act to the citizens of a local nursing home. To keep my anonymity, I pre-decided to hand my gifts over to the nurse so that she could give them out to the people that she thought would love them most. Once I arrived at the nursing home, it felt a bit like a great big puzzle maze because there were different colouredΒ  buttons we had to press and massive doors we had to pull and push…to be honest it felt a bit like an intelligence test! Thankfully I passed!! When I finally walked through the last door, the reception nurse saw me and a big warm smile came to her face. I explained what I had made and why and she responded with a mix of appreciation and sorrow in her voice, telling me that some residents don’t get a lot of visitors and some residents don’t get any visitors at all, so they would appreciate my present even more! It made me feel indescribably happy that she knew exactly who might need them most.

My gifts included a mini easel each with thirteen handmade quote cards that could be changed daily. I also selected a hanging wicker heart for all of my gifts and a sentimental foam superhero to remind the recipients of their super brave hearts.

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To learn more about the nine packages I made there is a really short video below that explains everything, but I will say that I added a hint of FZ by glitterising a couple of things in my gift. I also have a picture of my note that I wrote just under the video, so I hope you enjoy watching this little clip of photos of me making and delivering this month’s random act of kindness!

I always like to remind myself that:

“Making one person smile can change the world- maybe not the whole world, but their world.” ~Unknown
FZ out!! πŸ™‚

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Random Act of Kindness: August

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Bonjour!

I have been thinking about what my next RAOK could be lately. Then I thought, what about the park?! All sorts of kids go to the park, kids from poor families and kids from wealthy families. Kids that may face challenges, and kids that may not. The thing is you never know what type of life they are living and battles they are fighting.Sometimes tricky stuff can be invisible to strangers (for example, I have CRPS and sometimes people don’t know how tough my life can be at times). I believe that all my kindness gifts go to the right people every time, and I have seen it happen during every act of kindness I have completed in the past. In fact, I found a very special friend through one of my random acts, and she has become a really important lady to my heart. She was fighting a battle that I was not aware of at the time, and she hunted me down to let me know how appreciative she was and we have been good friends ever since.

My latest RAOK was fun to create as I went shopping at a dollar shop for playful activities that the kids could enjoy. I added a little hint of FZ by wrapping my presents in a ribbon that has an Eiffel Tower print (those who know me, know that I’m a little obsessed with the thought of Paris!). I carefully chose some popular parks and placed the gifts all wrapped in clear cellophane on benches and tables before having a quick swing and walking away. My heart felt full of joy and excitement, and although I didn’t witness the recipients faces, I could imagine massive smiles beaming!

I have included some photos below so take a peek if you would like! πŸ˜€

FZ out!! πŸ™‚

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Random Act of Kindness: June 2015

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Yo!

I am so so sorry I have missed a few random acts of kindness but it was definitely only because of illness. I am feeling a lot better now, so this post is about June’s RAOK. I have made a little movie that explains each step for creating the act of kindness I chose. I decided to print out my favourite quotes and pack them into a small box…but I won’t tell you too much because the movie says it all! Just remember, a random act can be big or small.

In the words of Ellen DeGeneres, “Be kind to one another!”

FZ out!! πŸ™‚

Pumping up for Life!

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Bonjour!

Lately it has been extremely tough with my terrible, painful foot. You know when you just need something to give you a little push to make what you need happen? Well, sometimes I find that making the things you absolutely hate doing a bit fun, it can help. So today my blog post is about some really pumpy songs that help me distract my brain and add a little fun to my exercises…the 12 best pump up songs that I have picked out! This is my list:

1. I am Woman – Helen Reddy (I like to sing ‘I am FZ…’🎢)

2. Pump up the Jam – Technotronic

3. Fighter – Christina Aguilera

4. Push it – Salt & Pepper

5. Survivor – Destiny’s Child

6. Roar – Katy Perry

7. Pump it – Black Eyed Peas

8. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

9. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

10. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

11. Mr. Boombastic – Shaggy

12. Firework – Katy Perry

If that doesn’t work, I like to watch inspirational stories and I found this one about a pretty special man…

That guy is very amazing. I hope I can get back up from my horrible fall with Lexie Leftie just like he did!

Something else that helps me stay happy and confident through each day are these very true words from Audrey Hepburn. She is one of my inspirations.

I believe that a mix of determination, awesome music, an inspirational video and a beautiful quote of someone that you look up to, can keep you going through the day with a smile on your face and help you achieve miracles!

What is your favourite pumpy song?

FZ out!! πŸ™‚

Driving Through Life on Your Motto-cycle

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Howdy peeps!

What is your motto? In today’s post I would like to talk about life mottos. When I think a bit negatively and don’t know if I can achieve my goals, I like to come up with a motto to keep telling myself throughout the year. What I do is I think hard of one to suit me for the rest of the year and then I have little everyday ones. My main motto this year is ‘Make It Happen’. I came up with it because I bought a diary that said Make It Happen on the cover. My motto has changed me from being a victim to being a warrior of my condition. I always hope that things will happen positively. I believe that the only way that this will happen is if I make it happen. I am a lucky person but it takes a little work to turn your good luck into personal achievements. It takes confidence, determination, persistence and of course some blood, sweat and tears. CRPS won’t be holding me back!

So if you think really hard, what do you want to say to yourself in those tough times? What do you want to say to yourself when you are feeling sad or weak? Sometimes just telling yourself you can do it makes you power through the situation. I know that thinking positively helps me be determined.

If you want to keep moving confidently through life and not feel like you can’t achieve something, I recommend thinking of a powerful quote or motto to help you push through those moments! So get on your ‘motto-cycle’ and enjoy the ride.
Everyone have a nice day, I’d love it if you shared your life motto with me below!

FZ out!! πŸ™‚

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Random Act of Kindness: January 2015

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G’day mates!
Did you honestly think I would forget about January’s RAOK?… Never!
My family has very recently moved hometowns so we have been really busy packing and unpacking boxes. I am so sorry that I haven’t been blogging much too. I promise that there is still an FZ though! I have been working on what I should do for my next random act of kindness and because we have just moved I only wanted it to be simple but make someone very happy. Always remember that you don’t need lots of money to make people feel joyful. So I decided to type up a small random note with a small random quote and make it look pretty wrapped up in paper and stuck together with a cute farm animal sticker. I used lots of different colours to really make it ‘pop’ a little! Next I went around our new neighbourhood and delivered them by sliding them into mailboxes that my heart told me to pick out. I got wheeled around in the wheelchair with my mum pushing me and my sister scooting on her scooter. We went for a nice little wander! I had fun making this simple act of kindness that will hopefully turn someone’s day around… if it wasn’t going well at the start… otherwise I would just hope it will continue making there day happy! πŸ™‚IMG_1407.JPG
So please remember this, you do not need a lot of money to make somebody’s day. There are so many ways of doing it so please do one, you will feel so good that you did… I know I felt awesome many, many times!

FZ out!! πŸ™‚

PLEASE ENJOY WATCHING THIS MONTHS RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS VIDEO. πŸ™‚