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Blog: I Use Botox, Yes I Do

Yep, the cat is out of the bag: I use Botox. But not for the reasons you might think.

Yep, the cat is out of the bag: I use Botox.

Oh my Darla, really? 

Yes, every 3 months I attend my standing appointments to maintain my 47 year young self. Do I enjoy having it done? Absolutely not. It is very uncomfortable but I enjoy the results. 

What the heck Darla. OK, let me break this down for you.  Do I see a cosmetic specialist to have this procedure done? A big no. Who do I see? My Neurologist.  Yes, I have Botox injections to alleviate the pain, discomfort, and tension that comes with having Torticollis or another name Cervical Dystonia. 

As I have shared in my bio, I have endured injury and along with that, early onset Torticollis, a genetic disorder that may have presented later in my life, but with trauma. Oops, here it is: early…yuck…but out of my control.  It is one of those things that I must accept and love about myself. 

At first, I was so embarrassed about it, because with the disorder comes cervical tremor. The late great Kathryn Hepburn also had the disorder.  I felt like one of those bobble dogs you see sitting on a car dash. LOL. I have to laugh at life and I am no longer hiding who I am and this is a part of me. So if I am a bit shaky sometimes and having a not so good day. Oh well, goes with my program. 

I have responded well to the Botox treatment, and can actually say that it is being used for a fabulous purpose.  Did you know that Botox is used to treat medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, migraines, back pain, excessive sweating, weak bladders, and enlarged prostate glands?  I have to honestly say that I could not sit there and have this stuff injected in my face or anywhere else for that matter just for fun thinking it might give me some youthful rewind. Yuck. And further remove my ability to have facial expression when I talk or laugh. Oh, hell to the big no.  That is just how I feel however and not to offend. 

Besides, when that huge needle is penetrating different layers of muscle to get to the root spasm - OMG - it hurts like no other and to sit through several injections, well, again, no way to elective “I want to have no lines on my face” Botox. No, no, and again, no. And the stuff is outrageously expensive. I can’t believe that thousands of dollars are shelled out per treatment and if elective, that is out of pocket. A big no way for this frugal girl. 

I am so excited to share that Botox is used for positive benefits such as treating my condition and many others. I experience relief with tremor, reduced pain, tension, and everything (yuck) that goes along with Cervical Dystonia.  Of course, exercising in addition also provides a stress reducer and endorphin release that provides natural healing that keeps me calm, relaxed, and since Torticollis can be negatively affected by stress. It is important for me to exercise often and I do!  Why do I write about this… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Motivation of the Day:  The Only Limits on Your Life are Those That you Set Yourself

My Workout of the Day:

My Nutrition of the Day:

  • Coffee, one cup with n/f creamer
  • Pre-workout shake
  • Post-workout shake
  • Egg white salad on high fiber wrap
  • ½ cup mixed beans with salsa, topped with n/f Greek Yogurt
  • Protein Balls (almond butter, whey, cinnamon, raisins)
  • Large Spinach salad & Grilled Salmon
  • 1 Graham cracker with peanut butter

 

Personal Share:  Celebrating my 1st anniversary on September 15 married to my fabulous husband ~ My partner, my friend, my support, biggest fan, cheerleader, and My Forever and a Day Love ~ Thank you Babe for being such a wonderful man & I am happy to celebrate this day and look forward to years of Stay Healthy Happiness with YOU ;)

Also enjoy my complete personal blog here, where  I will be sharing my Stay Healthy Life with you through my example of what I do to maintain my health, physique, and being my best me at 47!!! I look forward to blogging for you. Stay tuned for recipes, articles, links, videos, and very personal shares!!

Stay Healthy!

Darla ;)

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Darel September 28, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Hey Darla, its good to see someone informing people about alternatives usage of botox, which is totally unknown to public. When I told my closest friends I've started using botox for my prostate problems, they look at me like I was crazy...Keep up with good stuff in here!
Hi Darel, Happy to inform, motivate, educate and inspire. I hope that you are experiencing positive results with the Botox and your quality of life is much better. Take good care and thanks for following my Blog. Stay Healthy! Darla
Angelique Parrish December 06, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Hi my names angelique and im only 17 and i won botox in a raffle, its 1000$ worth of botox from stockton deremtology and I really just want to sell it so i can get a car, so if anyone interested. let me know, my email is soliel634@yahoo.com

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