It'll be a year next week that I had my back surgery. Though I can't say that this past 12 months haven't been a challenge and I have some residual numbness in my foot, I do not have any pain. Now and then there'll be a twinge down my leg but nothing like I was experiencing last summer. I've lost weight and get more exercise than I've had in a very long time. I feel good. And I am grateful to a lot of people for helping me get to this point.
During one of my office visits I mentioned to my doctor that I wasn't looking for "Normal". "Normal is as elusive as a unicorn. It doesn't exist."
Working on one of the challenges this week, I decided to illustrate the second part of my quote - "I'm Happy to Be a Zebra in a Party Hat!"
At the time of my visit my doctor said he liked that thought and would have to remember it - so I decided to make a card out of it
which will have that second line on the inside along with a note of how I'm doing and saying a simple thank you.
(Because really, once your body goes through a trauma it never is the same, and we can't just dwell on what we can't do, but focus on how we can do things differently.)