Amazed, thankful and healthy!
These are the first three words that come into my mind when I think about where I was on this day, one year ago. I was preparing for what could possibly be one of the greatest trials of my entire life, brain surgery. Little did I know the road that was ahead of me. A road filled with plenty of bad days as well as good days, many lessons learned and a constant reminder to never take a single day for granted.
As I sit writing this blog, at a loss for words and (happy) teary eyes, I cannot help but be overwhelmed when reflecting back on this time just a year ago. Learning to walk and talk again, trying to understand why God chose me to take this journey and leaning upon Him, my precious family and close friends more than ever before.
Amazed. Looking back to July 18th, 2013, if you would have told me that in twelve months I would be a healthy and happy twenty year old, pursuing her lifelong dream of reporting by interning at a station in Texas, I would have laughed. Now, as this is my reality, I am continually amazed at the power of our God. He heard every prayer, wiped away every tear and continued to prove that His plans are greater than any we could make for ourselves.
Thankful. There is not a day that passes by that I do not thank God for everyone who has been by my side during this entire journey. God knew exactly what He was doing when He blessed me with two of the most caring, patient and loving parents on the face of this Earth. I am eternally grateful for their love and support in not only this process, but every other one in my life. I always known that I was very blessed with sweet friends but continually throughout my recovery they reminded me just how lucky I really am. I love each of you so, so much.
Healthy. I can truly say that this surgery gave me my life back. The continuous headache at the bridge of my nose, blacking out spells and unexplained exhaustion are all gone! Twelve months is the full recovery period and the only symptom I still have is mild and occasional visual disturbances, which will continue to improve and eventually go away.
Never in a million years would I have guessed that the Lord could take something so challenging and turn it into a powerful lesson and blessing. It is because of this blog that I have had the opportunity to share my story with 30,000+ people from 50 different countries. I continue to pray that this blog brings hope and answers to those suffering with the same symptoms I was before surgery.
To EVERYONE who has lifted me and my family up in prayer over this past year, sent me an uplifting message or came to visit me: thank you! The power of prayer is one of the greatest blessings! I could never put into words how much each prayer during this time will always means to me.
So what is next for me? After finishing up my internship here in West Texas I will head back to sweet home Alabama and then head back to Tuscaloosa. I will return to the University of Alabama in the Fall for my junior year. I am excited to see what is in store for my next year at the Capstone.
I will continue to update my blog every few months! Always remember that the easiest way to contact me with questions about my experience with a pineal gland cystic tumor is by email. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org!
If my story has impacted the life of just one person, this journey was worth every second. Until next time…
It is not uncommon for me to get the question, “What does your hair look like where the incision was made?” Here is a picture twelve months post-op! You can hardly see the incision and my hair is growing fast.