Original article by Brand Ambassador Jennifer Lake: Sunlight & Air
I went in to surgery with a lot of expectations. I expected there to be pain. I expected there to be weeks of recovery. I expected that there would be months of physical therapy. I expected driving to be tricky. I expected to be tired. And while all of those expectations came true, there were so many things – both small and large – that I didn’t expect.
I never expected that watching fish at the aquarium would make me dizzy. I didn’t expect that would need another neurosurgery so soon after the first, or I would keep my handicap placard permanently. I never considered that swimming with a fused neck might be difficult, or that motion sickness would make riding a bike nearly impossible. After all, how many times have we been assured in doing new things that, “it’s just like riding a bike?” And yet, all of those things were true.
But this Spring, I’m getting back on the bike.
This year, you’ll be able follow my journey as a Schwinn Ambassador as I learn to balance on two wheels, find the best bike friendly businesses in the ABQ, and figure out how exactly a girl can avoid helmet hair.
(But really, if you have tips on the hair, do share.)
Jen is an East Coast transplant living life in the high deserts of New Mexico with her better half, Trevor, and her pack of three very large rescue pups, Miesha, T-Bone and Bumper. By day, Jen is a web designer and photographer, but by night, she is a graduate student working on a dual masters is Business Administration and Information Systems and Assurance. In 2014, Jen underwent brain surgery and a fusion of her cervical spine to address a condition called Chiari Malformation, and then, in 2015, she underwent a second surgery on her back to address a tethered spinal cord. From these experiences, Jen developed a passion for not only wellness but for inspiring others on their own health journeys. Outside of getting well (and wearing a lot of workout gear), Jen likes to spend her free time scrap-booking, baking gluten-free desserts, drinking chai lattes, and Instagramming photos of her feet #fromwherejenstands style.
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