Life Update: One Year After My Back Surgery

“Grow through what you go through”

As many of you know, I had a back surgery on my L-5 S1 after herniating a disk in my spine last year. This caused sciatica which is a fancy word for numbness and pain down the side of the leg. This is a typical thing that happens to 60-80 year olds as their bodies get older. (If this doesn’t make me any more of a teenage granny than knitting and baking then I don’t know what does) My doctor said it was most likely caused by repetition of playing hockey for so many years or increasing my weights for weight training too fast. Ultimately after getting the surgery, I was told that hockey was no longer an option for me. This put me in a downward spiral for a bit. On the outside, I tried to remain my usual happy-go-lucky self, but on the inside, it was difficult to let go of something I have loved and lived for so long. It hurt to say goodbye to something so quickly without being able to prepare myself for it. There were many questions of “Who am I?” Thankfully I had so many wonderful people who helped me remember who I was whenever I doubted myself. They encouraged me to follow my dreams and aspirations, and that is exactly what I did and am still doing today. I decided with the amount of time I would have been playing hockey, I should work towards trying new things, meeting new people, and bettering myself in new ways. I realized that there is so much this world has to offer, and if one door closes you can open up a new one. With a positive mindset and ambition to explore new things, nothing can get in my way. So to the people who ask how I am, I am doing better than ever. My pain is hardly noticeable as long as I’m active and make smart decisions when working out. I learned so many things about myself and just life in general last year. I learned that good or bad we can always take away a new lesson from our triumphs and failures. Last year was definitely a ride, but it has helped me become the person I am today. I am very thankful for the many people who helped me through such a difficult time, and I am more than excited for what the New Year brings.

Love, Belle


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