Sara v3.0 (aka) #thatsenoughsurgerysara

It’s been awhile, huh? (If you missed the 2.0 post, check it out here.)

Plenty of times I’ve begun an update post. Each time, I toss it. Here’s a secret for anyone who’s never had to deal with medical shenanigans of this type:

We are kinda sick of talking about it.

We pretty much just want to get through it, get life back to some semblance of normal, to feel like ourselves again. We don’t want to make a fuss. I mean, there are so many people dealing with much, much worse.

(Seriously, punch me right in the face if I ever get all too dramatic about this.)

I get to live. My kids are scared, but they’ll be ok. My husband is exhausted, but he’s hanging in there with me. My friends and family have repeatedly surrounded us with love and support, and they amaze me on a daily basis. So, I’m lucky. I’m grateful. And I just want to quietly heal this body without much fanfare or drama.

I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned that a positive attitude is absolutely essential in recovery from any illness. I’ve also learned that unrealistic expectations can chip away at your positivity. If you are not honest with yourself about the changes in your body and the changes in your life in general, you can easily forget to appreciate the opportunity you have been given, opportunities that not everyone else has.

Healing from surgery and learning to cope with a life-long condition requires patience, gratitude, perspective, and a whole lot of humor. It would be easy for me to fall into pity-party mode, but what would that get me? Jack shit. That’s what.

I’m lucky. I know that. This isn’t an easy road, but most things that are worth it aren’t. I got a second chance! No one said it was going to be a fucking pool party. Some days are tougher than others. Some days I am a bit more impatient than I should be. I’m learning. I’m getting there.

So aaaaaaaaanyway…

Turns out, I need a second surgery. This one is to treat my tethered spinal cord. This condition, related to Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia, causes a veritable smorgasbord (orgasboard)* of neurological symptoms. It’s progressing faster than I had hoped it would, and we need to address the issue before any more nerve damage is permanent.

So, watch for the newest upgrade, coming September 2010. It’s gonna be bananas.

Later Gators.

*see what I did there? #bwahahahahaha #holycrapimfunny #thatsenoughsara

Oh, and because enough of you have asked, yes, I have a totally badass scar. Dig it.

Sara's Chiari Incision

And a scar like that earned me this. Holla.

Bad MerFer Wallet


  1. Heidi Braun


    I follow you on Twitter (like 9/10ths of the rest of Milwaukee) and I MUST give you mad love. You’re an incredibly strong, determined, hilariously funny chica. Though I’ve never “met” you, I can tell you’ll continue to be a fighter. Fight for your kids. Fight for your hubs, fight for you. Your story and your willingness to share it is an amazing gift. So thank you. I, like the rest of your peeps, am sorry you have to go through this. But I can’t think of anyone stronger to fight it head on than you. Keep fighting!



  2. trustemedia

    Sara, I am so sorry you have to go through another surgery. I know it’s stressful. We went through 3 here in my house in 9 months. Shoulder surgery and hernia for my husband and I had to have a hysterectomy in January that I was so not ready for. And I cried all the time beforehand. It was a very emotional life-changing kind of surgery for me as a woman.

    I don’t know you personally, but have seen you speak and I love how raw and straight-forward you are. Your postings make me laugh and make me wish we could all just be like you everyday and not formally written behind our suits. You are so awesome and strong and I am sure you will get through this as well and then finally… things we will be all better and you can be happy and pain-free all the time.

    Good luck to you. I will keep you in my thoughts. Hugs, Tracy


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