I’ve had the most incredible support system throughout, and this mega-sucks for them too!! I’m always tired and repeating myself and in some form of survival-mode with varying degrees of success. For some reason I thought I’d be immune to this part of the struggle, turns out I’m not any more immune to this struggle as I was to the cancer!
I returned to work teaching at UTA & TCU this fall (so a double overload). Both of my department chairs are the most incredibly supportive women that have done everything possible to make my transition smoother.
Unfortunately my blood counts haven’t rebounded as fast as I’d like and I’m facing another couple of major surgeries. So this Tuesday I hustle to finalize my semester grades as I head into major reconstruction surgery on Dec. 11th. The surgeon will use my own thigh tissue to build what will eventually be, as close to normal breasts as currently possible. This is a 6+ hour surgery with 4 surgical cites and a mandatory 2 day (possible ICU) hospital stay. A full 6 weeks of very restricted duty follows. Because I refuse to add yet another separate surgery, I lucked into my plastic surgeon being a board certified hand surgeon. Therefore he will also do my carpal tunnel repair at the same time. Total bummer is that it is my dominant hand, so recovery is long and I have to be very careful.
Sometimes fate, God, universe, luck, or whatever, steps in and “saves you”. I’ve been ignoring my family (and doctors) to slow down and practice better self care. My work angels stepped in to do for me what I was clearly incapable and unwilling to do...take a break!
Therefore, I will be taking sick leave from UTA next semester to focus on healing...mind, body, and spirit. Thank you to Charla, Dustin, and Paula specifically for my intervention.