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MY 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – ONWARD AND UPWARD


AZ Leah

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Today is the 5 year anniversary of my brain stem stroke. Looking back I am as amazed as my husband, doctors, trainer and friends of my progress. I have had a lot of ups and downs and have bounced back with God’s help for strength and courage. Last August when I fell, broke 3 ribs, punctured my lung resulting in various procedures and COPD, I didn’t think I was going to rally. I was discouraged and disappointed. I worked hard but the progress was so slow that I didn’t see it. I have been so upbeat and positive but this time it has been hard returning to that spot.

About a week ago, I had an appointment with a new pulmonologist. To make a long story short I was late and the doctor wouldn’t take me. They rescheduled me for June 28 – another month of waiting and I already waited 6 weeks for that appt. I lost it and broke down and cried right in the dr. office. I now think this was a bottom I had to reach because it was a few days afterwards that I had an ah-ha moment and all of a sudden saw the progress I had made since last August. Yes, it was true; I was bouncing back once again. It was like my angels reached out to me and showed me the light – I was truly living in a stroke survivor mode again and had joy in my heart again. What a journey this is. It reminds me of the saying “you can’t get here from there”. I am now noticing “little” things which really aren’t so little. I can turn over in bed after trying for 5 years different ways to maneuver to a different position!! Wow, now I don’t have to always sleep on my back. I hope I can give others the hope that you have all given me. StrokeNet rocks!! :You-Rock: This now gives me an inspiration to try harder and try to do more “normal” things in my new world. I truly believe God and his angels have held me up through all of this but I have done the footwork. :happydance:

Hugs to you all, Leah :giggle:

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I'm so happy for you! Keep your positive attitude and remember that we cannot see the big picture! God has a plan for you, you just can't see it all yet!

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Thank you Sellis. I know God has a plan for all of us; we don't know what it is yet and we don't have to know. That was part of my acceptance process plus not analyzing anymore. What has happened has happened. I don't worry ... yesterday is gone, today I make the most of it and tomorrow hasn't come yet. Take care. I went to your profile page. You hang in there yourself and remember it is not your fault. Hugs, Leah

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Leah:

 

:congrats: on your 5 year anniversary. I truly believe you survived for a reason & not as punishment. Its always good to see how far we have come then how much we lost. I have realized that if you keep tab on your thoughts you can control your happiness.

 

 

Asha

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CONGRATS LEAH ON YOUR 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. I PRAY YOU HAVE MANY MORE YEARS OF ANNIVERSARIES AND RECOVERY.

YOU'VE COME ALONG WAY BABY! YOU INSPIRE SO MANY PEOPLE HERE, INCLUDING MYSELF.

HUGS,

KIMMIE

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5 years YIPPEEEE!!!! keep plugging along. i'm almost at year#1,hearing stories like yours make me believe it will get better:Clap-Hands:

 

congrats

Denise

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I entirely connect with goals like turning over in bed as mile markers in this long journey. It is so easy to forget to see our progress. I'm so happy you've found your light again. Thanks for the reminder to remember to look for mine.

<3,

Lisa

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