My chronic back pain has re-started because I am walking more. I will have to have further visits to my chiropractor but all in good time..... baby steps, baby steps.
I was awake at 5am, unable to sleep so I listened to the Dawn Chorus.
"Oh there's a dawn chorus breaking out all over the town"......
Oh my, it's the most beautiful music one can ever listen too.
Sadly, 6 years ago, the chorus was stunning beyond comprehension but alas with the destruction of woodland and the building of houses in Lavister has pushed the birds away and it's no longer as loud or eclectic as it once was.
However...... I am blessed! I still have my hearing to hear them and I still have breath in my body to be here to experience it.
The pain in my lower back was gnawing at me, like a persistent ache so I didn't feel like picking up my kindle to read or indeed, getting up to welcome the day. So, as is usual in these sort of circumstances, my mind wandered .....
I don't want pity.
I don't want sympathy.
I am telling you this in order to cleanse my soul and my mind.
Writing this blog has always been my therapy. Getting my thoughts and experiences "out there". Who knows, my writing MAY help somebody else ... I hope so.
I managed to categorise how I feel post mastectomy and failed reconstruction. I don't feel ugly, I don't feel sad or unlucky or angry........
I feel different from everyone else.
I feel like a reject.
I feel as though I am no longer attractive or desirable.
Yes, yes I know! I know!
Goodness, I am no longer a young girl. My body has given me two beautiful sons and battled cancer three times - I have lost the bloom of youth but at least with my breasts I felt pretty and now I don't.
I am crying while writing this..... See!! I told you it was cleansing to write and get my thoughts out there. Tears are the bodies way of washing away the dirt and healing the soul.
This will pass.
Life is good! I am alive and I am surrounded by good friends who have supported me and given me the strength to continue my fight.
Every time I stumble, a friend holds out a hand and helps me up.
At the moment, I am holding my friends hands in my mind. My friends don't realise this but their thoughts, gestures and messages are the hands which support my own.
Life is good.