Yes, my title is a Friends reference. What’s a good blog post without a Friends reference?!
Anywho, before I start writing about my experiences from the past couple months, I thought it would be helpful to give a quick update on what’s been going on in my life. This season of my life has been life-changing for me and I want to be as honest and open about my experience as possible. I love my readers, I love to write, and I love to share what God is doing in and through me. So for those of you who are out of the loop, here’s what’s been going down:
Two weeks ago today I had a colorectal surgery, completely removing my colon. This is part one of three surgeries I will have to complete the whole process. This process includes removing my colon and leaving me with a stoma while I heal (part 1), then removing my rectum and turning part of my small intestine into what is called a “J-pouch” that will act as my new colon (part 2), and finally removing the stoma and stitching me back up (part 3). The reason I had to do this was because the Colitis I suffered from for 13-ish years was beyond the help of medicine and was flaring up so bad that I couldn’t eat, drink, or go anywhere. I was severely dehydrated, malnourished and very weak. Basically my colon was in the worst shape of its life and it needed to get out of my body.
Now, two weeks since surgery, I’ve been feeling much better! (Minus all the surgical pain –it’s a slow recovery process). As crazy as it sounds, my body feels at peace with itself. I don’t feel like it’s attacking me anymore. I am very grateful to God for how He’s helped me through all this and how He’s helped me to recovery at such a fast pace. Because of this surgery, the amazingly wise surgeons, and the grace of God, I am finally no longer in pain. I am on the path to recovery. It’s going to be a long, tough, road but I believe it’s going to be an encouraging, strengthening, fulfilling road as well. I believe I will come out of this ten months from now feeling healthier than ever, physically and spiritually.
It’s been a crazy past few weeks and believe me, I have tons of stories, ideas, and new realizations to share with you all! I can’t wait to start writing about what God’s been teaching me through all of this. I hope you all will take this journey with me and I hope it will encourage you, challenge you and inspire you in some way. I hope you can see how God works through suffering and pain, see how He blesses us immensely, see how He’s bigger than anything in this world, and see how He is worth putting our trust in Him.
Ah, life. It’s quite the journey, isn’t it? It’s not easy. It’s not always sunshine and roses. But we serve a God who’s greater than this life. And that’s what makes it worth it.
Love to you all,