Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Madness of March

January has come and gone and I apologize for not wishing everyone a Happy New Year. However, I have been busy, busy, busy and have had no time to sit down and write. The busy I have been experiencing has been nothing short of fun and exciting.

January may be over, but I still wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I also, hope you all had a very merry holiday season and that the year 2020 has been treating you well. 

Before I delve into this year’s shenanigans, why don’t I share a brief recap of my 2019…

The year, 2019, was quite a year for me.  A good year. A trying year. A year full of ups and downs, highs and lows.  Mostly ups and mostly highs. I am truly thankful for each milestone I accomplished in 2019. 

For those of you unaware, here is a brief recap of my year.  I had three abdominal surgeries; one of which corrected my chronic stomach pain.  Shortly after my MALS surgery, I had to have my gallbladder removed. After seven years of depending on a feeding tube and introducing real food orally, my gallbladder decided to stop functioning.  It was working at 1% and filled with sludge. It was extremely painful, and I knew right away, it was a different pain.

A selfie of my family and me at the beach a week after my MALS surgery which took place in Connecticut

Thankfully, my parents found an amazing GI surgeon who took very good care of me, educated himself on my chronic illnesses,  and did an amazing job of removing my gallbladder. By the way, it was the size of a pear; which is not typical. It is usually the size of a jalapeno. He understood even more as to the intense pain I was under. Thankfully, I am feeling much better and not had any issues with my gallbladder being removed.  To end the year, I had my third surgery with the same GI surgeon who removed my gallbladder. Thankfully, it was not to do with my gallbladder but instead, a simple surgery to correct the site where my g-tube used to be.
A week after my gallbladder removal surgery and the week of my graduation. You can watch that vlog here (:
Having Ehlers Danlos, healing can be a long process. When I had my g-tube removed for my MALS surgery in January of 2019, the procedure was a success but it just did not want to heal correctly.  I began to have pain at the site and knew something was wrong. Now, it has been taken care of, and I have not had any more problems. To my amazement, all these surgeries have not caused my other chronic illnesses to flare.

You know what they say, third surgery's a charm ;)
May of 2019, One week after my gallbladder removal
October of 2019, One week after my g-tube procedure

Below are some photographs that were taken in recent months. I have made so much progress and only plan on moving onwards and upwards in regards to my health. I thank God, as well as my family and dear friends, for the love, support, and encouragement they have provided for me during my year of recovery.

A couple weeks back, my Instagram photo was featured on Aeropostale's Instagram Story!

All in all, 2019 was an amazing year for me, and for that I am grateful.

This year, I plan to continue to focus on my health and wellbeing.  Setting goals to achieve and improve my health every day; in whatever ways I can.   I plan on doing the things I love and am most passionate about. Maybe even have an opportunity to take a short road trip to finally see something new for a change.  I am excited to be able to share these goals with you. It is exciting to see where the next decade takes me. Thanks for following my journey not only on my blog but on my Instagram and YouTube channel as well. 

Until next time,

Xoxo, Natalie

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