ohmygod it’s already Friday? And after NOON on Friday? Okay, okay…let’s go find a great quote!
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Some of us beat ourselves up over how slow and carefully we must now traverse life. But keep moving. Keep going. You will get there, wherever *there* happens to be.
So, surgery took place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. It’s main intent was to take a look inside to see if my Endometriosis had returned, to excise any lesions and free any adhesions. The official list of procedures to be possibly done that day, “Robotic Assisted Right and/or Left Ovarian Cystectomy, Excision of Endometriosis and Lysis of Adhesions, Possible Enterolysis, Urethrolysis, and Cystoscopy.”
The surgery took a little over two hours. I did not get to meet with my surgeon afterward, unfortunately, but did have the pleasure of speaking with him on the telephone before I left the hospital that day. What I remember:
“Be thankful for a breath of fresh air to be alive and well. Allow love and happiness to penetrate throughout your mind and soul. Take time to relax and live in the moment, the now, the present. Enjoy today.”
Whatever you’re doing when you read this, take a moment to pause, inhale and exhale deeply, think of something that brings you joy. Let a smile come across your lips. And resume your day. Wash, rinse, and repeat tomorrow. And the next day. And the next…
Hi! It’s Lisa. I’ll be away for possibly a few weeks as I rest and recuperate from surgery. I hope this message finds you well! Feel free to have fun with the “Search” feature to the right side of your screen while I’m away. Or you can pass the time by entering our coloring contest! Otherwise, I’ll see ya when I get back.
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So, Wednesday is the big day. I was talking to my Mum last night and she asked me what exactly my upcoming surgery entailed. Figured I’d share it in case you didn’t know.
Endometriosis lesions (also called implants) grow wherever they damn well please inside the body. My brain interprets them much like mushroom spores that *poof* and attach to wherever they land and grow. However, much like an iceberg, more than just the visible tip exists beneath the surface. Some people liken it to an invasive cancer, although not fatal.
“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours.
There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now.
You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.”
Now, read it again. Slowly. Let it sink in. Go find yourself. Find some adventure! And live well!
So, with surgery a week away, I met with my gyno/surgeon yesterday for my pre-op (you may have already read the details). But as I was driving to work today, I realized I forgot to mention one important fact. One that he mentioned to me the second I sat down in his office, before we got to the nitty-gritty.
As you may know, today was my pre-op appointment with my gyno for my September 21st laparoscopy/excision surgery. I had previously prepared a bunch of questions, to which he answered all that I asked!
First of all, let me share something he wanted me to press upon myself…and all of you. Positive thinking is powerful. I need not be nervous about my surgery (or my recovery). Just tell myself that it will all work out. That my recovery will go well. That everything is going to be okay. That is one of the most important steps I (and all of us) can do for ourselves. Embrace positive thoughts. Shoo away the negative.