Enjoy Every Moment!

August 27, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Today is a special anniversary for me. Two years ago today, I had my 4th knee surgery. I can't help but to reflect on how far I feel that I have come in that time. When I was 15 years old, I had my 1st surgery. I always had knee issues...for as long as I could remember to be honest. But despite that fact, I always tried to remain as active as possible. I grew up playing basketball & softball and I was a pretty good player, I must say. I also seemed to be attracted to professions that required a lot of standing. Being a barber was a labor of love. Many nights I would go home in extreme pain from standing on my feet for 12 hours a day. But I love cutting hair and I love my clients. Actually, my clients are like family to me. Over the years, the surgeries became more and more difficult. Ultimately I had to get a full knee replacement. It was the best decision I could have ever made for myself. With a lot of hard physical therapy and determination, I have been able to experience life in a whole new way that I don't think I would have had the pleasure to experience without the knee replacement. But I do mean A LOT of hard physical therapy and determination! My life is good and I feel very blessed. That being said, I still face daily physical challenges. But, I just try to take things one day at a time and enjoy every moment I can. I remember my doctor asking me what quality of life did I want to have as I was trying to decide to have the knee replacement surgery. I remember praying to God, then deciding to have the very invasive surgery. My recovery for all of my knee surgeries seemed to be worst than most. I seem to have no tolerance to pain meds or even anesthesia. I can't put into words how painful my recoveries have been. But, I did my best to fight through. I haven't taken the time to reflect til now, I've been to busy continuing to just move forward, but as I look over these photos of some of my experiences over that last year...I just have to say WOW! I wanted to share these photos with you guys as well. Enjoy every moment of the day!

 

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