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Called To Encourage

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I checked in with my own SP page today only to realize I haven't written a blog since September. Wow! Where does the time!
I've been busy with my balancing act of allowing my body to rest when it needs to for better health and maintaining my nutritional and physical goals toward weight loss. How have I done? I've not lost any weight but as of this writing I'm greatly encouraged for better health.
A little background information might be needed to explain my situation.
I've had 13 major surgeries. Several for endometriosis which finally ended with a total hysterectomy at the age of 29. I've had brain surgery to help make room for my brain which sits partly in my neck...i found out I was born with this condition after an auto accident which resulted with a whiplash and bringing on many of the symptoms of Arnold Chiari Malformation, the given name of my brain condition. The surgery was successful but the surgeon accidentally damage one of the major nerves in my head and I've lived with constant, 24/7, pain for 16 years now. I have to use narcotic medication several times a day just to have some quality of life. I have the pain aspect of this condition pretty much balanced out now so most of the time I'm not aware of my pain. I did have to have another surgery 4 years ago in conjunction with my Chiari. It seems a certain percentage of us with Chiari also have what is called Tethered Cord Syndrome...the little rubberband like cord that holds the spinal cord pulled down and in place, was too tight causing my brain to be pulled down even further into my neck thus more debilitating conditions had started to manifest themselves. My Chiari specialist in NY, I live in CA, said if I didn't have the surgery I would be walking bent over a walker or in a wheelchair within 2 years. After my surgery he told my husband he had been wrong as my condition was so serious it would have been just within a matter of months and I would have been wheelchair bound. I'm so blessed to have found this specialist and to have had this surgery.
My last surgery was 18 months ago, to remove a bone in my wrist that was rubbing on another bone and causing pain. This came about as a result of a fall I had prior to finding out about my tethered cord problem. As I shared, I was experiencing several symptoms from the condition, one being the inability to pick up my feet properly which resulted in my falling from time-to-time. One fall caused me to break my left 5th finger and jam my thumb in such a way that it caused two of my wrist bones to rub on one another. Again, my surgery went well but I developed a rare condition where my body started attacking itself within the blood supply of my hand and arm. Without going into that situation further I'll just say, I am still recovering from this surgery, 18 months later...good outlook ahead! emoticon
Yes...good outlook ahead. My husband and I have been doing more research to find out why I'm not loosing weight even though I do all the "normal" things that should bring weight loss about. Just this past week we uncovered more information about my two autoimmune diseases of the thyroid...I have two others, but that's for other! The information is quite lengthy, and this blog post is already long, so I'll save our findings for another day too! I'm seeing my doctor this next week to discuss our research and I truly believe I'm going to see some wonderful progress in my health and with my weightloss goals...Yeah!
I titled my blog "Called to Encourage" because I believe that is what I am called to do. At times I've found it difficult to encourage others because of my own challenges but when I'm faithful, to look outside myself toward helping others, I am invertly blessed many times over. My spirit is raised and I've often found shoes I'm so thankful I've not been called to walk in. My heart often aches for others that are in pain and cannot find answers nor relief. I'm thankful that these people have been put in my path so I have the opportunity to speak words of encouragement to them and bring a little light into their day...I am truly blessed!
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