Thursday, January 03, 2013
2012 was a hell of a year for me. Early on, I deemed it my year for "healing and dealing", and began addressing lots of different medical issues, with the understanding that I would hit my out of pocket insurance max, so why not go for the gold and pursue treating every medical complaint I had.
I did a sleep study and learned that I have one of the most severe cases of sleep apnea my doctor had ever seen. Basically, I'm not breathing at all 30% of the time I'm asleep. My blood oxygen levels get as low as 60%. That's dangerously low. Brain damage low.
I went to a chiropractor to work on my chronic shoulder and neck pain. for several months I was enjoying twice weekly massages and adjustments. It was divine.
The biggest news was that I had a hysterectomy in September. I was nervous about such major surgery, but it was so necessary for me to remove the obstacle of debilitating periods. My recovery went surprisingly well, except for the fact that my pathology report showed previously undiscovered atypical cells (which are basically abnormal cells that are becoming cancerous). This meant that I needed to have another surgery, which happened on Christmas Eve, of all days. (Apparently I was on the extremely naughty list this year).
I've been recovering extremely well from that second surgery, and my pathology report came back clean, meaning that my cancer risk is now gone! That's been a huge relief, and a fantastic way to start out the new year.
In the midst of all that madness, I've gained back almost all the weight I had once lost. It's frustrating, but knowing all I've been through, I think it's understandable. I know my weight will probably be a struggle for the rest of my life, but I also know that now that I've addressed so many of my medical obstacles, I have no more excuses. I'm ready to get healthy.
Cheers to 2013- my year of hope and happiness.