An Anniversary to Forget?

IMG_2349Last year at this time I was in such poor health that I ended up in the hospital. Things were not looking good. My spleen was swollen. I was severely anemic. I was having trouble breathing and no interest in eating. I was so weak I could hardly roll over in bed. The doctors were puzzled, I was puzzled. What the heck was happening to me?… After a month of testing and a bunch of blood and platelet transfusions I got my diagnosis, stage 4 breast cancer. What a year it has been! Wow! Cancer sucks, it tests your limits in every way! I am so grateful to the doctors and all the people that took care of me, I owe them my life, I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for them.

Fast forward a year. The weather has been amazing. I have organized and am preparing for a little block party tomorrow. We live on a dirt road and we are getting together to work on it. Trimming branches, raking, picking up sticks, and dragging the road. I will be out there with my pitchfork and loping shears! As silly as it sounds, I am so excited and thankful that I can even participate! I know my neighbors were worried about me and I can’t wait to show them how well I am doing! Today I am making a huge pot of chicken and yellow rice to feed everyone after our work day. I might even make some cupcakes?

It has been a long hard journey, I’m not gonna lie, and I am still recovering. I have been going to physical therapy three times a week, for my shoulder. Oh it hurts so good! LOL I feel like I am getting fitter. My shoulder is getting better, slow but sure. I sometimes still get frustrated with my slow progress but it is progress non the less! I do have to remind myself about how bad I was just a year ago. I finally got to see the neurologist Tuesday and found out I have Meralgia Paresthetica in my thigh which I can work on with exercise, stretching, and losing some of this extra weight.  Which is just what I wanted to hear! My body lost so much last year, fitness, muscle, stamina. I was so weak. I lost all my core strength, which is very unnerving for a normally strong person. I felt like I was in someone else’s body and it couldn’t be trusted! Now with everything cleared I can really get going again, I love moving and being physically active! I am being careful, going slow but steady, everyday. I enjoy taking care of my body it makes me feel empowered. Working out with bands, walking, and calisthenics, eating healthy. Today I even unloaded a fifty pound bag of feed from my car! I kinda shocked myself! I didn’t think I could do it but I thought I would give it a try. It was a bit of a struggle but…I did it! Watch out world, I am going to be stronger than ever!

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