Thursday, August 6, 2015

Dare To Get Dirty - Sketchy Thank You

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.)


  1. Beautiful art work, Lorraine, the sentiment is so true, I had back surgery five years ago, so I understand where you come from, we invent new ways to do things, have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

    Love and hugs

  2. Love this . . . the card and the positive attitude.

  3. Five years ago, the worst you had to worry about was a finger - if I remember correctly. And I'm ashamed we lost so many years along the way that I'm totally out of the loop regarding your welfare. I'm learning the truth behind "Better living through pharmaceuticals". If not for oxycodone, I'd have a life. It's a constant struggle between being awake, useless, and in pain; versus sleeping.

  4. I loved this when I saw it on Splitcoast. Both your wonderful drawing and the sentiment are so much fun.

  5. I LOVE your zebra sketch - and the quote makes perfect sense! I hope you gain more ground as time goes along and your back improves.


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