Oh what a journey Chiari is, and not a fun one. Who in the world has even heard of this before!? I sure hadn’t. Leave it to me to get some freak thing! These things run on my dad’s side of the family. Thanks, Dad! 😉 (Just a note of caution….at the end of this post an after surgery picture…..scroll carefully if you don’t want to see.)
It was such a fast process and such a whirlwind! I was having awful headaches for a few months, and chalked it up to the stress of it being the beginning of the school year. They didn’t go away, and after a month I was in for an MRI.
We got the dreaded news a few weeks later that part of my brain was out of my skull, thus causing such bad headaches. I like to say my brain was just too big! 😉 I’m smart like that. 😉 I saw a neurosurgeon a few weeks later and was scheduled that day for brain surgery a few weeks later.
I honestly can not describe how fearful I was of this surgery. I had twins in 5th grade, was newly married, and was just terrified. It was awful. I literally get choked up now thinking about it all. I remember being with my friend, Pia at school and totally freaking out with my students within ear shot. I was in full on freak mode. It was just awful.
In preparation for my surgery my parents came to help, THANK GOODNESS! My birthday was just 2 days before my surgery so it was nice to have them here for that.
After the surgery, my husband stayed at the hospital all day, every day…EVERY DAY…..for a week. It was such a selfless thing for him to do. He is such an amazing caretaker. I’m so lucky to have had him at that time. Poor guy though! We had only been married a year before we got this news.
The recovery from this was awful. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. They have to cut through so much muscle, take out part of your skull, take out some part of you vertebrae etc. I was on prescription pain medication, for years. I was taking it regularly the second it wore off. It was pretty depressing. I was trying to be a good mom, wife, teacher while in chronic pain. It doesn’t work very well. 😉
This past summer I started a workout program that I was prettty scared to try, Insanity Max 30. At this point, I would take pain meds occasionally, and still my activity was a bit limited. I bawled after my first workout. Straight. Up. BAAAAAAWWWWWWLED. I was so happy that I was brave enough to try. So happy I could do it. So happy that maybe my life with activity was not over. So happy that I felt strong again. So happy that I felt like a bad ass again. I was in a healthy challenge with my friend, Stephanie, and I posted a picture of me crying right after I finished. I have no idea why! 😉 I was just so happy I wanted to share I guess.
Over the course of the summer, I finished the program and drank Shakeology, and I have not taken a pain pill since I started. I’m not trying to make this post salesy. Actually that is the last thing I am trying to do. My point in this is that I found something that for obvious reasons, was a game changer for me. I feel so much better now, and I’m so thankful.
I know lots of us have limitations of some kind, but don’t let them be an excuse to let yourself be unhealthy. Keep fighting! You can do it! It is so worth it.
I’ve come a long way since these days…………………….