I cannot begin to tell you all how many people have come up to me recently telling me how wonderful I look, how they have been following my journey on Facebook and my blog, and how much my courage in the face of adversity has impacted them. They love my Positive Thoughts for the Day and say I am an inspiration.
Who, me? Wow. Well. I do know that I had great positive relationships with all my nurses and therapists in the hospital, rehab, and home health care. And my doctor just shakes his head time and time again and asks how I can keep smiling through all these ups and downs (most downs). I guess having a chronic incurable disease (Crohn’s) has prepared me for the worst case scenarios in the past, and that is why I wasn’t too surprised to have all these issues and extra surgeries and PICC lines and infections and meds etc. with this hip replacement. Been there, done that, alone most of the time. This time I had the support of my family and friends, so many visitors, cards, phone calls etc., which really made the difference. I would not have made it without them. Especially my little 3-year-old niece, who loved all the blood and guts aspect, and kept me laughing through it all.
Sometimes you don’t realize the impact you have on people, positive or negative. That’s why I always try to have a smile on my face, and be friendly and courteous to people. It just might make their day a little brighter. So thank you, everyone, for your support, silent or otherwise. It encourages me to keep on going, knowing that you are reading and rooting for me. And it really makes my day when one of you comes up and hugs me and tells me that!
I am SO blessed….