Well It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and shared anything on my various blogs. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but there’s a few cob webs around here and the place could use a good dusting.
For those of you who aren’t connected with me on facebook or twitter, you might not know that I’ve had a good share of health problems lately. At the end of July I had a bone tumor removed from my leg.
I guess a little background is in order. I have a bone disease. It’s called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses or MHE. It causes boney bumps to form near the growth plates of my bones. These bumps grow as the body grows and matures and are supposed to stop once a person is full grown.
Fortunately for me, until recently, MHE has never played a very big role in my life. It’s never limited what I wanted to do. I’ve been very lucky, because for some people (including my father) the disease is debilitating. Last summer things changed. I realized that one of the spots on my leg had begun to grow. It was hurting and getting a lot bigger. I was worried because that’s not supposed to happen. I knew that there was a small risk of bone cancer that comes along with MHE. In a mixed bag of luck, it just so happened that one of the top experts on my condition was about 15 minutes away from me in Philadelphia.
It took some time and a lot of insurance wrangling, but long story short I was able to meet with the specialist in May, and finally had the bone tumor removed in the end of July. Since then I’ve been back in the hospital for a week because of a blood clot in my lung, but as I write this, I’m happy to be back home and feeling pretty good. Dr’s orders are that I can’t put any weight on the leg that was operated on for at least 6 weeks from my surgery date. So I’m schlepping around the house with a walker.
The good news is that the bone tumor was NOT cancerous.
This process has been a challenge though. I didn’t really anticipate going into this how 6, or even 4 weeks of inactivity will totally zap your momentum and derail your process. I’m working hard to get the machine rolling again, determined to resume and retain the pace.
Have you ever had an event that forced you to take a break? How did you handle getting back into the swing of things? Was it harder or easier than you expected? I’d love to read your experience in the comment section below!
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