My journey began in 2007. I was experiencing back pain and was diagnosed with L5 bulging disc, bone spurs and arthritis. The doctor suggested physical therapy and it did seem to make it better. Then late October 2007 I was involved in a car accident. I had only thought my back was hurting before. After the car accident I had trouble doing anything, including sleeping. I could sleep in my bed and needed a cane at times just to simply get around my house, much less anywhere else. Activities such as tennis and golf were out of the question. I tried drugs, physical therapy, epidural shots in my spine etc…. I rarely traveled, except for work because sleeping in a hotel bed was torture! After 3 years I finally resigned myself that I would simply have to live with my back pain the way it was and decided to seek a pain management doctor. This option did not appeal to me because I did not want to be dependent upon drugs the rest of my life! A doctor friend suggested I try somatics. I was skeptical to say the least. Nothing else had worked, but I figured at this point I had nothing to lose. I contacted Peggy and made an appointment. I arrived for my appt. in so much pain I could not stand up straight and was using a cane. Three hours later I could not only stand up and walk without a cane but my pain was almost non-existent!!!! I was over the moon excited, and for the first time in a long time I had HOPE!!!!! Since that first appt. my back has improved dramatically! With the reduction of pain in my back I discovered that my back was not the only part of me that was hurt in the car accident, but my neck and shoulder as well. Somatics is helping me with that as well. It has been 7 months since I began with somatics. To date I am sleeping part time in my bed, but I expect it will not be long before I am back in it full time. I can walk without pain in my back. Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel I am anxious to get there. I have to remind myself frequently of how far I have come. I recently took a vacation and was actually able to enjoy it! I was so encouraged by how well I did I have scheduled another. Somatics has truly been a MIRACLE!!!