Some of you may be wondering why it has been so quiet here on the blog lately and maybe missed my recent updates on social media. With the tremendous support from my readers through the toughest of times, I wanted to give a long overdue update on my health post-surgery and share the exciting changes happening as we speak. I can never say thank you enough for all the love and well wishes through those difficult months, I feel truly fortunate and blessed to be surrounded by so much love! ❤
As many of you know, I underwent surgery this past May to have my gallbladder (Fred) removed along with a very large ovarian cyst (Oliver) after undergoing numerous tests to rule out cancer in the months prior. Both surgeries went well but when Dr. U went to remove the ovarian cyst, she also found that I suffer from endometriosis. Dr. U chose to remove all of the endometriosis tissue to avoid another invasive surgery.
What is it?:“Endometriosis is a disease of the female reproductive system that affects approximately 1 in 10 women worldwide. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial cells, or uterine lining cells, exist outside of the uterus.”
What are the symptoms?:Killer cramps, long periods, heavy periods, nausea/vomiting, pain during sexual intercourse, infertility, etc. Credit: -www.endofound.org
Although I was taken back by the new diagnosis, I was reassured that my endometriosis was not yet severe and they were able to remove it safely. Will it come back…yes, but Dr. U is hopeful to slow the progression of the disease with a proper treatment plan and routine check ups. The positive news is…there was ZERO signs of cancer!!!
The recovery period was brutal in the beginning, I was kept in the hospital for two nights under the great care of the nurses. Although I was anxious to go home (hospital food is even more horrible when you can’t eat solids), I was not prepared for how difficult it was going to be to do the simplest of tasks like sitting, standing, walking, etc. The pain was no walk in the park. The most challenging part was learning my new limitations and not overdo it on the days I was feeling “good”. Although the doctors recommended three weeks rest for recovery, I returned to work after two since I only had so much paid time off and fortunate to have a very flexible workplace that was willing to accommodate my limitations.
Now pain free (WOOHOO!) with Fred and Oliver gone, I am really battling with the aftermath of my body being forever changed. Although you can live without your gallbladder, it serves a very important function and once gone…you’re whole digestion Eco system needs to be re-established from scratch. In a nutshell, I have gained a lot of the weight back that I had worked so hard to lose and finding a lot of my clothes don’t fit right now. This has hit me so hard and I am struggling every day to be patient while my body recovers. Everyone tells me I look great and do not see any weight gain but not being able to fit in my cherished possessions is heartbreaking. I am not giving up…I will not sell my pretties! Currently I am learning more about nutrition to ensure my body gets the proper nourishment and fully intend to start strength training again.
In early June, I jetted off to Minneapolis to spend the week with my best friend Amber. It was bitter sweet to see her again as Amber was my rock through all of the health struggles. Always a wonderful hostess we saw The Beauty & The Beast live, hosted a Fiesta Night with friends, attended my first Speak-Easy, went antique shopping, and hit the drive in restaurant with ‘Ole Vera. This visit was even more special since our great friend Mae flew in for a couple days as well.
Upon returning home, I knew a lot was about to change but was not allowed to breathe of word to anyone. Back in April, I learned that my work location was closing by the end of summer and they wanted me to relocate to the Toronto, ON location. For years I said no, I would NEVER move to Toronto because of the insane cost of living and not wanting to live in a big city again after Montreal. Although I knew of the closure since April, the company did not make me a formal job offer until late June. Now faced with only two options, being offered an incredible opportunity of a big promotion with more advancement possible or being unemployed and giving up 15 years of my career…the decision although not easy, was crystal clear. My husband is completely on board with the decision since he has been commuting over an hour each way for the past 4-5 years and now will be closer to work once we move. As you can imagine, it has been a whirlwind prepping our home to list it for sale, selling, traveling back and forth house hunting, buying, planning, packing, etc. with only two months to do it all. Everything has finally fallen into place and we will be officially moving into our new home September 23rd. Until then, I will be staying in a hotel three days a week and working from home for two.
If life wasn’t crazy enough, the hubby and I were in a big car accident on our way home from our cottage vacation last weekend. In total, there were 6 calls involved and we took the brunt of the impact twice. We are very lucky to walk away with minor injuries and our three dogs are uninjured. Unfortunately I will need to do physiotherapy for my knee and neck injuries, but thankful it is nothing more drastic. Needless to say, we were not planning on buying a new vehicle for quite a while after just purchasing a house for three time to cost of our existing home but the insurance company deemed our truck a total loss. We had talked about replacing my car in the next year with a SUV crossover but our plans changed with the current situation and decided to purchase one now. The hubby and I are getting pretty good at juggling everything being thrown at us all at once.
So this is all to say, I have been very preoccupied with all these changes and about to start a scary but exciting new chapter in our lives. I have not forgotten about all of my readers and among the chaos, I am working on some exciting new projects that are going to be epic but a large undertaking to coordinate. It might be a little quieter than usual while we get settled in our new home but I promise to continue delivering fabulous new content for all of you.