Monday, June 25, 2012

Home and Healing

I've been home from the hospital for a week.  There have certainly been some miserable moments, but overall, I'm doing really well.  I came home super bloated, with lots of rashes from tape and from being in bed for 5 days, and in a fair amount of pain.  I stayed off the narcotics because they make me feel sick more than they relieve pain.

For the first week or so after surgery, my eyes had a really hard time focusing.  My last post took a long time to type on the ipad.  But Grant has been so sweet, and has read to me so that I could relax and forget about feeling icky.  We have been reading Heaven Is Here by Stephanie Nielson, author of, and it has been the perfect book to read during recovery.  Stephanie was in a horrible plane crash in 2008 and was burned on 80% of her body.  She talks about her miraculous recovery and the power of faith, love, and family in helping her heal.

Her strength, perspective, and attitude is so encouraging.  Every breath is a blessing, and every day is an opportunity, regardless of who we are and whatever battle we are fighting.  The Lord knows me and my struggles.  He understands every feeling I am having even though I can't seem to sort through them myself.

Baby Will's face has never been cuter, his skin has never been softer, and his little giggles have never made me happier.  And I will never be so glad to have a healthy, working body, as when I get to pick him up in just five more weeks (five?! oh man...).

I am grateful that every day has been a little bit better than the last.  Today, I finally felt like I had a really good day. (Probably the reason I am now blogging again).  I drove my own car (yay-first time!) to my first follow up appointment with Dr. Bell.  He is very pleased about how I am healing and feeling.  We talked about the diagnoses and about recovery times (6 weeks to carry more than 10-15lbs., 3 months to run/do sit-ups etc.).  And he congratulated me on being cancer free.  "You cured yourself.  You found it."

It feels good.  And I'm looking forward to some even better cancer-free days ahead.


B&K said...

I'm so glad you are healing well though it sounds like you had a lot of awful times in there. Also, glad you're home too. You're so amazing and incredible strong so go through something like this,:-) xoxo

Steve and Erin Larsen said...

I have been out of town and just got all caught up on your blog. I am so glad to hear you are cancer free now and doing well. I read Heaven is Here and it was a life-changing book for me. Made me appreciate everything in my life so much more and to never take anything for granted. You are such an amazing woman. I hope you know that, Kelsey. :)

P.S. Will's monkey party looks so cute! Can't wait to see more pictures!

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