Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of my neck surgery. I didn't have a party. I did however, take time to reflect on the struggles I've had and how far I've come. Recovery has been a long road. I still have a lot of days when I retreat to the sofa with my heating pad and my ibuprofen. I have to take nerve meds every day, just to feel somewhat normal. I still have nerve pain and strange, twitching muscles (especially my eyelids, which drives me insane!) Sleeping is uncomfortable. Many days I wake up feeling less than rested.
I do have many good days, though. For these days, I am very greatful. One thing this experience has taught me is to live life to the fullest on the good days. I've also learned I have limitations, even though I don't like to admit that I have any!!!
Instead of throwing myself a party (or a pity party), I celebrated today by going to the gym and making good on my New Year's resolution to run a mile. This is something I have NEVER done. Not even as a kid. I am very excited that I am 1/2 way there! I'm no spring chicken, as my mom would say and it's hard and it hurts, but I'm doing it. I'm not giving up this time. Once I reach my 1 mile goal, I've promised myself a brand, new, shiny pair of running shoes. :)