Today is the one year mark since that crazy surgery. I have been tumor free for a year! A lot has gone on in the last year, and I am pleased to admit that I am wonderfully and undeservedly blessed.
If you have seen any of my Facebook notes, this will look a little familiar, but here it is anyway. In the last year:
- I had a 9 hour surgery which involved removing two vertebrae, a rib and a half, moving my heart and lungs, and fusing my spine from T7-11.
- I slept through the Super Bowl… but it’s okay… my team didn’t win.
- I saw great nurses, and I saw really mean ones.
- I formulated letters to administrators in my head about the mean nurses.
- I made it through a really yucky recovery involving immobility, yuckiness, loneliness, frustration, pain, and joy.
- I realized for the 500 millionth time what a great family I have.
- I realized for the goodness knows how many times what a great man God had blessed me with.
- I learned for the umpteenth time that God is worthy of my trust. More than worthy, in fact.
- I made it back to school/clinical within 2 weeks of surgery.
- I began and finished radiation treatment and physical therapy.
- I bought my wedding dress.
- I didn’t graduate with the rest of my friends.
- I did get the perfect practicum assignment.
- I started back to work as a tech at ORMC. I got really tired. Especially when I was doing two shifts of work, and 2-3 shifts for school.
- I finished school and graduated!
- I was given the job of my dreams–neonatal nurse at Winnie Palmer Hospital.
- My wedding dress was temporarily lost. Praise the Lord, my money, and the dress, were recovered.
- An article about me was written in the Orlando Sentinel.
- I began my job, and loved it.
- I finished planning my wedding.
- I got married to the love of my life!
- And then I had one more blessed month of work before the New Year began.
- Oh, and none of this was my work. All of the good stuff was the result of a Mighty God living in me.
Although I would never wish to undergo that horrible surgery/recovery again, nor would I wish it on anyone; I am glad that it happened. The Lord taught me a lot about myself, my family, my friends, and Him. He continues to reinforce those things that He taught me last year, as well as a few new things as an indirect result. I have been indescribably blessed this year, and I am so grateful. I am thankful, also, for all of those who have stood with me in prayer this past year, and for all of you have touched my heart. Thank you. And Happy New Year (only a month late).