Leslie's Story

I know for a fact that I am not the only one around here who is too headstrong to take sound advice when it’s offered, so I am not embarrassed to share with you this tale of almost monumental stubbornness.

My friend, Starr, who works at Paradise, once told me that she might be able to do something about a non-stop pain in my foot. But I didn’t even think of taking her up on her offer until I found myself sitting on the floor, in a grocery store, because I couldn’t take another step.

My doctor and offered little help to alleviate my foot pain. It’s depressing when the doctor only wants to give you pain meds. I needed another option. I decided to call Starr.

I’ll tell you, it’s a wake-up call when you can’t even walk because your foot hurts so much. I was pissed off at myself for letting things get so bad. And I was scared. Would I be able to walk ever again? Was this my life going forward?

Starr sat down with me and gave me some hope. She recommended an exercise program that might alleviate my chronic foot pain.

I suppose you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that exercise is good for a body and soul. But some of us just have to learn the hard way.

When I went to Paradise, I was struck by something; everyone had positive stories of pain relief.  They were all there because they had physical problems, but they were dealing with them, and feeling better. Regular exercise was making a difference in their lives. Profoundly simple. Simply profound!

Starr was right, and Paradise is a paradise for me. I’ve been exercising in the pool for a while now, and my foot is getting better. Honestly, I regret not listening to Starr a long time ago.

Yeah, sometimes it’s a bother to get to Paradise every day, and some days I don’t, because I just can’t, what with work, family and all those other little life things that get in the way of living healthy 24/7. But I get there as often as I can.

The thing is that, once you start to get results, positive results, the obstinance that held you back gets transformed into a kind of obstinance that works for you. You become determined to correct what you got wrong, especially when it’s health-related, and chronic pain is the other option.

So, I was sitting in the hot soaking pool, at Paradise, the other day. A couple of my new friends and I were marveling at what a fantastic place it is. Seriously! It really is fantastic. No one who frequents the spa would say otherwise.

Every one of us is living a better life since we walked through the doors of Paradise. But I guess that’s why it’s called Paradise, right?

And it’s not just all the exercise. I get worked over good on the massage table and let me tell you, that’s pretty fantastic.  And there’s a first-rate hair and nail salon that make me look better than I feel!

And the people, staff, and members, are all great. There’s a real sense of community.

Carson City is lucky to have Paradise!