5 Years since I got a second chance at life

Sunday, April 15, 2012

This past weekend marked five years since I got a second chance to live my life to the fullest. Five years ago I was in the critical care unit having life saving surgery on my heart. My heart and both lungs were filled with fluid caused by Lupus. I did not know that I had Lupus until about three months later. Before all of this had happened I was working crazy hours at a job that caused me to have a severe amount of stress. I didn't have time to think about what I really wanted to do or how I wanted a much more rewarding life. This situation caused me to stop and take a look at how out of control my life was at that time. I had plenty of time to think laying in that bed! I did not waste any time. I decided to take the doctors advice to take time off from work to recover and take care of myself. I never went back and I don't regret making that decision. Instead, I put myself and my family first for a change. I made sure that I took better care of myself. Once I started to feel better, I started taking a look at my goals and dreams. I learned alot about myself. For the first time in my life I felt like I knew myself and who I really was. I started to take courses on goal setting and cleaning up my clutter. Funny thing is when I started doing that I started to clear up a lot ot the emotional clutter. I discovered my passion to become a life coach.

My life is totally different now than it was five years ago. Most people would see this as a tragedy. I saw it as a wake up call. I may not have liked the pain and suffering I went through but in the end I found the light.
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    Congratulations on a new life of attitude.

    I have Celiac and other health issues . We have to go on.

    You have made good choices.
    1800 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That is an amazing story of inspiration. You have strength and courage to find a positive direction for your life!

    2049 days ago
    This is so inspiring Linda....

    Just Awesome !

    ....all the very best to you !

    2069 days ago
    Thank you for sharing! This is what I needed to hear. I am in a similar situation, although not in that critical of a health crisis; but it probably isn't too far off. I realized that I don't know me anymore. I say all sorts of great motivational things, but I truly don't. It is good to hear that I am not alone and there is hope. It can be done. Congratulations on finding your calling and living your dreams!
    2082 days ago
    2083 days ago
    One day at a time! You are a winner! You can do it! don't forget to smile!!!
    linda emoticon
    2083 days ago
    thanks for adding me on as a friend.
    2115 days ago
    Great attitude! I have Lupus as well and have had many challenges. Once I changed my lifestyle, my symptoms improved greatly... like yours.
    2151 days ago
    Amazing message, thanks for sharing!
    2174 days ago
    What an amazing story! Glad you are doing something YOU love and enjoy! :)
    2182 days ago
    wonderful post and so true -- I was once in the hospital with a burst appendix and I remember thinking of all the simple things (like having pizza, salad, and red wine at Amici's with a friend) I always took for granted. Wake-up calls are a good thing:) emoticon
    2189 days ago
    Great post hope it help lots who are not only fighting illness but jobs they hate, Hard time to let a job go but if one has a dream

    well you can not fly on the ground. Take a leap of faith and step out and often

    we all find it was waiting there for us all the time.

    Thanks for dropping in my blog on gi food plan.. It has worked well this entire week

    i did not even want cookies or cake i seen today. Fruit is the key sugarless with each

    meal . emoticon
    2190 days ago
    congratulations! Don't stop now!

    2191 days ago
    Inspirational story, so glad you have recovered from such a difficult medical situation...and found your dreams!
    2194 days ago
    Wow! Sounds to me like you've found the right profession! If you can share your learnings from this experience with others that are floundering - that's a wonderful calling. So glad you saw the light shine through the darkness! Thank you for sharing and happy anniversary!

    2195 days ago
    You are amazing. To take what could have been a life ending experience and turn it into a positive, not just for you but for those you coach as well, shows a tremendousinner strength.
    2195 days ago
    emoticon on the positive changes
    2195 days ago
    Happy healthy life anniversary! What was the clearing up clutter course you took? I've tried Flylady but was overwhelmed by the emails. Thanks in advance for your answer!
    2195 days ago
    What a wake up call buit so happy you found a silver lining. Congrats on finding something you love to do. emoticon
    2195 days ago
    emoticon for your comments and encouragement emoticon
    2195 days ago
  • SUCCESSN2018
    I myself have been in your shoes. I fought for my life after being hit head on by a drunk driver. My husband and 2 year old passed away that night. I was the only survivor. I spent a month in and out of ICU trying to fight for my life between the life saving surgery to keep me alive after the accident to the discovery of blood clots in both my left leg and lungs.

    Its been a little over 4 years since that fatal night. However, in that time frame I've learned a lot about myself and one of those things being I wanted to regain my life back. I wanted to cherish each day I was given and to get rid of the negativity and things that were weighing me down emotionally, physically, and mentally.

    I've cut relationships, gained relationships, but all the while still focusing on me. It took me moving over 1,000 miles away from everything and everyone I've ever known to find the new me. I've lived in FL 6 months and in that time frame I've lost almost 20 pounds.

    Good luck in your journey hon. Its hard to explain to people who have never been in our shoes that when your faced with your own mortality your whole attitude about life changes.
    2195 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2012 11:32:16 PM
    Congratulations on your new lease on life and good for you for quitting a job that was causing your health to deteriorate. You have made so much progress. Continue to fly high! emoticon
    2195 days ago
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