In the past 6 weeks I had two surgeries – one to repair a
hernia and the other a torn rotator cuff.
I’m still sporting my lovely immobilizer sling and will for another
couple of months. When I was approaching the rotator cuff surgery, many people
shared stories of pain after shoulder surgery. They would shake their heads and
say: “Oh, I hear that it’s really awful. I’m so sorry!” My husband, Chuck, was
concerned since he says I have a low pain threshold. A few friends, however,
said: “It’s not too bad, you’ll be fine.” And, since I have such a great family
of choice (my friends and my TallGrass team) who demonstrate time and time
again the power of positive thoughts and prayers, I went into the procedures
with more confidence than fear.
Other than a couple days of nausea due to pain pills, both surgeries and recoveries have been a breeze. Believe me, I’ll be thrilled to have both arms back again, but I’m so blessed to have such a small issue of minor annoyance. I truly believe that the power of our minds is a key component in life. We certainly can’t decide what will happen to us, but we sure can decide how to react.
One of my dearest friends in the world is in the hospital as I write this, breathing with the help of a ventilator. She is a testament to having a positive, strong, faith-filled outlook. Diagnosed with cancer years ago, she has consistently shown her friends and family how best to handle a difficult situation with grace, patience, acceptance and love. She has never once expressed anger or fear about the serious health issues that plague her. She has enjoyed each sunrise, time with her wonderful family (especially her grandchildren) and her connection with God every single day. She is one of my greatest sources of inspiration and I only hope that I can get close to living up to the example that she continues to set for me about how to live successfully.
For everyone who may be having a tough time during this
holiday AND for those whose holiday happens to be even better than usual, we
send our best wishes of love and peace to you and yours.
God bless us, every one!