Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men didn’t know shit. But I do. And so does my personal trainer, Nina Moore. Together with a rockin’ independent Hollywood producer, Thomai Hatsios, we’re launching The Humpty Dumpty Challenge, which will be documented on my blog:
In one year flat, we’re going get my body back to where it was before the hit & run car collision that triggered 12 years of chronic pain and disability. Not only that, but we’re going to get me in better shape than I was in before the accident.
Better, stronger, faster. We can rebuild her. We have the technology.
Conventional and alternative health care practitioners often say to practice one method only, so as to facilitate healing. But through experience, I have found that it takes a village, as it were, to really transform – paying attention to diet, exercise, lifestyle, community, spirituality, all of it.
Balancing these various factors and utilizing dance as my primary vehicle for healing, I’ve done what I can on my own. As a result, I have gone from living with pain levels generally around an 8 (on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being excruciating) to around a 2, while performing daily functions. I’ve gone from barely being able to leave the house to being able to bike, swim, and hike moderately.
But I’m not satisfied with being mostly pain-free most of the time or being able to enjoy basic exercise. I want to reclaim the body I once had, then go beyond. I want to play team sports, practice martial arts, bike crazy distances, hike up steep hills, and camp in remote areas. I want to be an athlete again. I want to be ripped.
That’s where Nina comes in. In a brilliant display of serendipity, I encountered her by chance at my gym, just last month. Nina not only understands how to rebuild the physical core, but she has the sensitivity, flexibility, and skill it takes to work with someone in pain. Together, we’re going to take my healing to the next level.
In addition, through demonstrating that yes, in fact, someone “disabled” can be rehabilitated if given the right support, we’re throwing down the gauntlet before my health insurance company in particular and the American health care system in general, asking a simple question: If you have the resources to help us heal, why deny us access to them?