There is No Shame in Starting Over

Don't you Wish it were as Easy as Pushing a Button

If you know me, you probably know I have had a rough few months! I haven’t felt well in quite some time and in mid-October, I knew I was to the point that I needed relief! I eventually gave in and  went to the Emergency Room (no small decision for this uninsured American). Thus began my plethora of misdiagnoses. I won’t bore you with details but know that from October 14th until November 23rd I went through four incorrect diagnoses (acid reflux, UTI, diverticulitis, and abdominal abcess). On November 23rd the true culprit was found, a grapefruit size fibroid tumor.

On December 8th I had a total hysterectomy. Because of the size of the tumor, I needed a midline incision (a little harder to heal). Tomorrow will be 8 weeks since my surgery. I have encountered set backs in my healing process (including popping a stitch and opening a dime size hole in my incision over Christmas). However, over all I have healed well.

I am not big on New Years Resolutions, and my only resolution was also my only wish for Christmas and my birthday – to feel better! Nevertheless, as we head into February, I am once again embarking on my quest for average! A month ago I had lofty goals of what I would do come February. Now that February starts tomorrow, my goal is quite simple. To move and build the one thing that hasn’t bounced back – stamina!

At this point I have no illusions. I know I can be healthy and stronger in 2012. I have yet to decide just where I wish the journey to take me. I want to feel good! I want to fit comfortably in my clothes (and skin, for that matter). Mostly, I want to live and not just subsist!

I have activated my Map My Fitness account and am ready to start building my endurance. I have no doubt it will be slow progress! But I hope to remind myself, slow and steady wins the race. My aspiration is to be well enough that I can fulfill my goal of riding a Zipline in March. I’ll be checking in with you every week (probably Saturday) to let you know how it’s going.

Wish me well, or join me…be my friend on Map My Fitness, or drop me a line and join me on my ZIP QUEST 2012 (one step on my quest for average).

 

About Gayle

Gayle is a Social Media Enthusiast and Consultant with Biz Buzz Social Media Marketing; co-owner of Glynne's Soaps; a dalmatian rescuer; genealogist and member of the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) and of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC); a Cubs Fanatic; hopeful bagpiper; purveyor of positive; and a curious seeker of life.
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2 Responses to There is No Shame in Starting Over

  1. Amber Smith says:

    Gayle, I know how you feel. I had a total hysterectomy in October and am just beginning to feel good again. Of course, I am a lot older than you since I will be 63 in April. I am also hoping that in 2012 I will get all of my energy back. As you know, I am an avid golfer and its hard to play 18 holes and have much energy left. Hope in 2012 we are back to our old selves before surgery. Am glad you found your problem and hope you feel great very soon!

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