When something comes into your life that is so traumatic, the normal things that take space in our brain seem to become insignificant. In August, it was decided that I would have to undergo yet another surgery. Seeing as my ovaries have been causing a ruckus, it was time to pop those suckers out. The only catch, is due to my wonderful history of surgeries for colon cancer, they would have to open my abdominal cavity due to adhesions. This meant more chances for complications, and a longer recovery.
August 26th, I went on my vacation at the Hoag Resort. It was unknown how long my stay would be, but I just took it one day at a time. When the fear and pain became overwhelming, I focused on just getting through an hour of the day. The days passed, the flowers rolled in, and in a week, I was released to go home. I think it is a way of my body protecting itself, but I don’t remember clearly my stay…. or it could be the massive amount of medications!
One thing that is certain is that Parkinson’s disease took a back seat in my life. From everyday concentrated on medication schedules, diet and exercise, I spent most of my time on the couch watching movies…and for a girl that is like an energizer bunny, this is hell. But one thing I did notice was that the pain medication actually improved my PD symptoms, to the point that I did not have to take as my much or as frequently. In fact, there were times that I almost forgot I had Parkinson’s! What a flip in my world!
Now that I have begun to heal and each day I gain strength, I am feeling a pull to get back to my Parkie community. Many people tell me that I am an inspiration and that they enjoy being around my positive attitude. But to tell you the truth, I am being selfish and needing some motivation myself, so I hope to get right back where I belong! The World Parkinson’s Congress is less than a month away. Fingers crossed that I will be there with a smile on my face. Thank you for everyone’s love and support.