One year later

Today is the one year anniversary of my amputation, but more importantly, it is the one year anniversary of being cancer free!

This past year has gone by incredibly fast. It seems like so long ago when I was going in for my amputation, so much has happened since then! After my amputation I had one more round of chemo, learned how to use a prosthesis, returned home to Atlanta, returned to work, revamped my golf game around my new leg, and acted in a national television commercial before my leg pain started and put me back on my crutches.

A lot has happened this year, but here on the anniversary I find myself laid up in bed again, recovering from another surgery on my leg. Ah, familiar territory!

I had surgery this past Monday to try to alleviate the pain in my leg. The doctor ended up sawing off a bone spur that had developed rather than cutting the nerve like we thought he was going to do, so we’ll see if this alleviates the pain or not once the pain from the procedure calms down some. If not, we’re just going to have to go back in again! Good times, good times. Haha.

But enough about that… God has been incredibly good to us all throughout this past year and has manifested Himself in so many ways. I couldn’t be more thankful for everyone’s support as I have adjusted to this new way of living and I have no doubt that this would have been near impossible to try to do on my own.

All in all this has been an amazing year, and I can’t wait to get back on my leg again and keep pushing to see what else is possible!

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2 Responses to One year later

  1. Jack says:

    Here’s an excerpt from “90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death.” You were never as depressed as the guy mentioned in this passage but your last statement of “…to see what else is possible!” reminded me of this:

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    During my long hospitalization, somebody gave me a magazine article about a young man who lost his sight. He went through an incredibly bitter, depressive time. He wrote that he got so demoralized that a friend who cared enough about him to tell him the truth said, “You just need to get past this.”

    The article went on to tell the practical instructions the blind man’s friend gave him: “I want you to make a list of all the stuff you can still do.”

    “Now what kind of a list would that be?” the angry blind man asked.

    “Just do it for me. You can’t write it, obviously, but you can get a tape recorder and dictate it. Just make a list of all the things you can still do. And I’m talking about simple things, like ‘I can still smell flowers.’ Make the list as extensive as you can. When you’re finished, I want to hear that list.”

    The blind man finally agreed and made the list. I don’t know how much time passed, but when the friend returned, the blind man was smiling and peaceful.

    “You seem like you’re in a much better frame of mind than the last time I saw you,” the friend said.

    “I am. I really am, and that’s because I’ve been working on my list.”

    “How many things are on your list?”

    “About a thousand so far.”

    “That’s fantastic.”

    “Some of them are very simple. None of them are big, but there are thousands of things I can still do.”

    The blind man had changed so radically that his friend asked, “Tell me what made you change.”

    “I’ve decided to do all the stuff I can. The more I thought about it, the fewer limitations I saw. There are thousands of things I can do – and I’m going to do them for the rest of my life.”

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  2. Paul Schroder says:

    We take several steps forward to take a few steps back. You have have had an incredible journey and have done so with grace. Just keep your chin high and you will over come this hurtle as well.

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