Last month, we reported that the legendary model and actress Brooke Shields had broken her right femur after falling off a balancing board. Now, the 55 year-old star has given her fans an update on her condition in the form of a video in which she is shown learning to walk up stairs again.
Shields is clearly in great pain in the video, which makes it heartbreaking to watch at times. She is shown in rehab with the help of a crutch and a medical staffer who is bracing her. Shields can be heard letting out a few “ows” as she made her way up the stairs, but she was encouraged to keep going by medical staffers.
Though this was clearly very difficult for Shields, she stayed positive in the caption of the video, where she wrote “One step at a time…Beginning is Now!”
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This comes one week after Shields told People Magazine that she’s making staying positive a priority throughout this difficult experience.
“Honestly, every day I feel like I’m having to begin again,” she said. “Rehab is always slow and it’s one day at a time and you just take what you can control and go, ‘Okay, I’m going to be happy with that as my progress for right now.'”
Sheilds went on to add that negative thoughts are a waste of time because they are “not going to help.”
“If you ask yourself to come up with reasons why things are bad, you’ll come up with pages and pages. But if you just ask yourself to think about the positives, whatever they are, it could always be worse,” she said. “People are struggling everywhere. I have day-to-day things that I can do in my realm of control, in every area of my life. That’s what I’m going to focus on.”
Little by little, Shields’ positivity and hard work is already paying off. When she revealed to the world on February 21 that she’d broken her leg, she could only move about half a foot down the hospital hallway at a time, and stairs were not something that she was able to tackle.
“There’s only 20 percent weight…,” she said at the time of how much weight she puts on her injured femur. “The goal is to bend your knee each time like a little bit, just so you’re not dragging it or hitching up your hip.”
Keep up the good work, Brooke Shields. You’ve got this!