December 20, 2009

December 20, 2009
Me, after losing 53 pounds in 2.5 months.

June 3, 2010 (8 months after surgery)

June 3, 2010 (8 months after surgery)
Me, after losing 102 pounds.

January 2011, Zoë's 5th Birthday

January 2011, Zoë's 5th Birthday
Zoë's 5th Birthday, January 2011, 130 pounds lighter and feeling good!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Church, Coffee, and New Friends

Some of you may not know that I lost my beloved job as Music Director at Rockport United Methodist Church.  This happened on December 15, 2009, because of financial difficulties at the church.  I spent the last 15 years of my life there, and leaving was terribly painful.  But now that some time has passed, I'm beginning to reconcile to my new life.  I'm even starting to think that maybe God knew what he was doing by taking away my job.  Now, I have time to focus on my health and well being, especially after enduring such a rough 2.5 months following my surgery.

I haven't been to church since I was let go.  I am a strong and faithful believer in God and it is strange not to go to church and Worship on Sundays.  But something in my heart is holding me back.  It is too fresh; too painful for me to go to church right now.  This is a bit strange for me, as my family belongs to a completely different church than the church where I worked.  Still, I'm not ready.  In fact, last Sunday afternoon I attended my father's choir concert at my childhood church.  When they began to sing "Breath of Heaven" tears began rolling down my cheeks.  I had done that song with my choir last Christmas, and the song was especially dear to me.  I regained my composure afterward, and did enjoy the rest of the concert.  That moment of sadness only made me more aware of the fact that I am not yet ready to go back to church.  I hope that this feeling will pass with a little more time.

Mary Jo, Kenna, and me.
In the meantime, I am spending my Sundays doing things I enjoy.  Today, I met two new friends for coffee at Starbucks in Brecksville.  The three of us girls had surgery within one day of each other.  And boy, are we all looking great!   More importantly, it was wonderful to sit and chat with two other women who had "been there and done that."  We all understand each other, and support each other.  We share a common bond, and it is beautiful.  We're going to get together again at the end of the month.  I am really looking forward to that.

On Thursday, January 7, 2010, I celebrated my three month surgery anniversary.  (I've since learned that these are referred to as "surgiversaries.") I am thrilled to be down 65 pounds, which is about 1/3 of my goal.  But more important than that is the fact that I feel GREAT!  It feels wonderful to see that in writing.  I now know that having the surgery was the best gift I could have given myself.  On January 14 I have my 3 month follow up at the hospital.  I'm anxious to see how the doctor thinks I am doing.  My hope is that he'll be pleased.

Some interesting changes have happened since the surgery.
  •   Things taste different.  Some foods that I used to love, I now hate.  Others taste so flavorful, it is amazing.
  •   I used to get hot and sweaty all of the time.  It was embarrassing.  Now, I am a freeze baby.  I've even taken to using an electric blanket at night.  (Thanks for the great Christmas gift, mom in law!)
  •   My PMS is horribly intense!  Apparently, as women lose weight, the hormones stored in the cells are also released.  This makes for some super crazy fluctuations!
  •  My back and neck pain has increased, and I've begun seeing my chiropractor on a weekly basis.  I predict a future breast reduction.  (Can't come soon enough!)
  •   I've rediscovered my hip (butt) bones.   I just noticed this today, as I sat in Starbucks, chatting with Kenna and Mary Jo.  I still have quite a bit to lose back there, but I'm off to a good start.
My favorite change to date has to do with walking.  I used to avoid going to stores.  Between my knee      replacements, arthritis, and weight, I could barely walk.  Throw in hauling around a three year old, and it just   worked out better to stay home.  NOW, I'm going out again.  I'm not afraid to walk, even on the ice.  In fact, I don't even think about it.  The other day, Zoë and I were walking around Toys R Us, and after about a half an hour, I looked at her and said, "Zoë, Mommy's not tired, or hot, or sweaty!"  It was a really awesome moment!
As time progresses, I am sure there will be many more changes for the better.  I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to have this surgery.

Before I sign off, I want to ask all of you to keep my friend, Sharron De Costa, in your thoughts and prayers.  We haven't seen each other in a long time, but were lucky  to reconnect through Facebook.  Sharron is a lovely person and is loved by many.  This past week, she learned that she has uterine cancer.  She is a strong, vibrant woman, and I know that she will kick this cancer in the butt.  I cannot imagine how she must be feeling, so please send her good vibes.  Love you, Sharron.

Until next time,
Nancy (Scrappyknees)

P.S.  I'd like to post a picture of me, Mary Jo, and Kenna on this page.  Does anyone know how to do that?