{“The sun will rise & I will try again”}

In a daze, I made my way to the elevator; all I could do was stare. “First floor, Em, just push the button” My body was moving as if it had a mind of it’s own — I was no longer part of it. An empty elevator seemed to appear out of nowhere, announcing it’s arrival with a ding that had me jump out of my skin. I watched the hallway disappear as the doors closed me in; it was in that instance that I became part of my body again. My heart dropped right out of my chest — I swear it hit the first floor before I did.

“One more stop, pull it together” 

Counting floor tiles to avoid eye contact and a white knuckle grip on my lab orders, I made my way there. “The last stop, I got this”. A hand reached for my papers, I didn’t notice who it belonged to, and waited; the hand returned with a list of labels that never seemed to end. “Date of birth?” I stumbled over the answer; “Ready? Room 3”. Again, I stumbled and hesitantly took my place; my hands shook as I rolled up my sleeve for the last needle stick of the day. I watched the sun dip below the horizon, counted my breaths and listened to the suction of each tube being drawn, removed, drawn, removed… eight in total, “not too bad”, I thought “and I didn’t even pass out”. My heart sank as I heard the last tube thunk into the tray; I was sweating, shaking.

I was drowning,

yet before I knew it I was running — up the stairs; second floor, third floor, fourth floor, fifth floor; onto the roof of the car garage. It was nearly empty by now. I took a seat atop the hood of the Jeep, watched the clouds turn to cotton candy as I caught my breath.


A range of emotions has flooded my heart as today’s appointment marathon approached; a false sense of excitement has masked the very real fear and uncertainty. I prepared as best I could, but this is just something you can’t prepare for. As glad as I am that it has come, and now gone, I am left in the wake not knowing how to move forward.

{“The comeback is always stronger than the setback”}

I have thought about this post for months; I have dreamt about it. The relaunch, the comeback… it’s not what I thought it would be. “I’m back & better than ever”, that was my vision; I wanted to scream it from the rooftops, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. For a while, I couldn’t handle the fact that I wasn’t “well enough”, which certainly back-peddled the “relaunch”. After a long break, much thought and rewriting this post 3,000 times ~ here it is.


 

These past few months I’ve seen more hospital rooms, doctors and trauma than I could ever imagine. On top of that, and more importantly, I’ve experienced more community, support and love than I knew I needed. So yes, I’m back, I’m not great ~ but I’m excited, I’m hopeful,  and I’m eager to share what I’ve learned with you guys! I am fighting harder than ever to be well, focus on my health, and give back to the community that has given so selflessly to me ~ so hang tight!