My New Goal

For Junior year I want to set a goal for myself of walking into high school. I just want that experience of walking into high school. It is something that people take for granted, but for me it is a huge thing. Since the beginning of freshman year, I have used my electric wheelchair. Only walking around the classroom due to not being able to walk long distances. Even at the Baby Bulldog Breakfast for freshman-thatwas held before school started-I was in a wheelchair.

I want to set a goal, as far as strengthening goes for my next knee surgery. My next knee surgery will hopefully be next summer, after my half shoulder replacement surgery this summer. I want to do everything to heal properly and strengthen my knee to get to my goal. My goal is to be in the chair for the summer and the beginning of school. Although, after 4 months after school starts I would like to walk in with a walker. For me that is a huge experience. I will be praying for what God has in store. I will pray for strength in going through that process.

Walking is something all of us take for granted. When that is taken away or limited, you really realize how much you miss it and how wonderful it is. I want to experience walking into high school. Whether it be just walking in using a walker, walking in and then getting back in the chair, or walking in and not using anything I don’t care. Even if I have to wait until the end of the year or until Senior year, I will be thankful to walk into school because walking is a gift. So next time you see someone using a wheelchair, using crutches, using a walker, or anything else don’t give them a weird look. Wonder what it’s like to be in their shoes, offer to help them, or even open a door for them.

The necrosis, the steroids and chemotherapy caused, has temporarily taken away walking from me. I may be able to walk short distances, but I walk with pain almost every day, whether the pain is a 1 or a 10. It has taken my ability to take a hike, walk around the block, and so much more. I will not let it defeat me or get me down! I will rise up and work towards making those few steps into high school, into the grocery store, into the mall, around the block, etc.!

 

1st Check- Up Since Surgery

In January, I went for my first check up since my knee surgery.

For all who don’t know, because of  the chemo and steroids I ended up with necrosis of my bones. My bones have started to die in both of my legs and my left shoulder is no longer there. Due to all the damage, I now need surgeries to remove the dead bone in my knees and a shoulder replacement. On December 21, 2015, I had my first surgery to correct this. We started with my right leg, because it was hurting me the most out of both of my knees.

We found out that I would be seeing another doctor at my check up because my doctor was on indefinite leave. Mr. Stewart was very nice! He checked my leg and took the dressing off. He said my incision is healing very nicely and is almost closed completely! Oh, guess what!!!!….. He also said that I could start putting a little more weight on my leg!! I was so excited to hear that all is healing well!

Without God and my amazing family, I could have never made it through all I have been through! I am so thankful and grateful! God is my strength, when I am weak and weary he carries me through. He stands by my side and is with me every step of the way! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Lastly, I have a prayer request. I mentioned my doctor was on indefinite leave. Well, a health issue has come up and she has to take care of herself. Please, pray for her and her health! May God be by her side and watching over her as she deals with. Comfort her and her family as they walk this journey. Give all people who come in contact to help her the knowledge. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, AMEN!! I love you Dr. DeRoode!!