Valentine’s Day Is Going to be Epic This Year
I am fortunate to have many people in my life whom I love and also love me. I’m not an overly sentimental person, but I do maintain a high level of gratitude for the ways in which I’ve been blessed. Having close friends and family is something I have always commemorated on Valentine’s Day after I suffered a crippling stroke on February 14, 1999. The holiday became an important celebration of being given another year to enjoy my life.
In 3 weeks, I have a follow up visit scheduled with a surgeon who operated on me on January 9 to correct an abdominal diastasis that was largely caused by the stroke. When I was given the appointment at my last visit to follow up on February 14, I thought it wasn’t a coincidence that I would find myself having a check up for a difficult, elective surgery which I came through with flying colors on that important date 20 years later.
I am not excited about romance, cards, flowers, gifts or chocolates. Instead, I am overwhelmingly grateful to be celebrating being exceptionally well in this 20th year of living past a close brush with death that left me with a permanent disability. I’m looking forward to celebrating the 20th birthday of the baby that I was carrying when I had the stroke this coming April.
Thank you for reading :)