Sorry for the long post, but it's an important anniversary for me: Nine years ago today, I had a surgery that both repaired my dysfunctional digestive system and led to a month-long hospital stay where I was told I might never eat or drink again, where I developed pneumonia, and my life would involve using machines to keep me alive. This picture shows how I "enjoyed" my turkey dinner 9 years ago this month (via PICC line and IV). I'm happy to say that I eventually fully recovered.
It was a difficult ordeal that taught me a lot about appreciating what I can do instead of focusing on what I can't do or can't control. Over the past nine years, I've tried new things like running a half marathon, playing ice hockey, and curling. I go to concerts with friends. I am so glad that I'm here to see my kids grow up with my husband. I have a job that I love, where I feel like I make a difference helping others. I'm so, so grateful to the friends and family who helped me nine years ago and who mean so much to me today. I also still appreciate the amazing, incredible nurses who took care of me so well through it all. Life isn't perfect but I'm very #thankful to have the opportunity to #move, #breathe, #live, and #love. Being #alive is truly a gift. ❤️❤️❤️