Monday, January 7, 2008

Constant Change...

© 2007 kelly angard>
If there's one thing we can always count's change.

After years of my back supporting me through three decades of competitive sports, the births of two beautiful children and more difficult situations than I can remember...the time came for me to give my spine the care it needs to carry me through the rest of my life. So...a few months ago, I had some serious hardware added to this vital yet delicate structure...6 screws and 4 rods were attached to my lower spine during a double level spine fusion surgery.

I am now doing really well...feeling a little more like myself each and every day. I think this is going to be a long journey...longer than I'd like...but I'm committed to returning to my previous strength and activity level.
I know I'll come out of this experience healthier and stronger...and one centimeter taller!!! :)

I've come to realize that when it comes to our personal challenges, as long as we keep putting one foot in front of the other, we are moving matter how small or slow the step.

Our bodies are amazing...
Medical technology is incredible...
Life is beautiful.

Happy New Year to you all...

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Blogger Joanne said...

WOW...that looks painful - you might even set off some detectors at the airport!
Seriously, hope you're feeling better and back to all your favorite activities soon. It's nice to have you posting again!

5:12 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

happy new year beautiful you :) my heart sends a wish that your 2008 fills you with peace and acceptance, love and laughter and the warmth of friendship and family. love to you, xox

10:30 AM  
Blogger Oksana said...

Happy New Year! I've been enjoying your blog for a while, and I'm glad to see you posting and staying positive!


5:55 PM  
Blogger The Crafty-Girl™ said...

joanne...i think there's no doubt that i will set off all kinds of alarms at the airport!!! thanks for the good wishes...

daisies...dar, you're so very sweet. thank you for your ongoing care and support...hugs! :)

oksana...happy new year to you, too! thanks for the positive thoughts.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Jane Swanson said...

I commented over on your Flicker photos and am so glad that you are back over here posting once again! I've missed you!
So glad to hear that you are feeling better.
I would also love to learn a few techniques from you on how you add layers and textures to your photos. I am mesmerized by what you do.
~jane swanson

3:27 PM  
Blogger carla said...

I've missed you! Happy New Year to you - I am glad you're on the mend after your surgery - my best wishes for a quick return to perfect health!

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Crafty-Girl™ said...

jane...thanks so much for the good wishes! let me know what kind of help you'd like when it comes to layers

carla...Thank you, Carla. Happy New Year to you, too...hope 2008 is full of endless creativity for you! hugs...

3:44 PM  
Anonymous mareksy at creamteam said...

Welcome Crafty!

My girl is asking (me also of course) how do U feel with that something in UR body... she asking cos she has also problems with the same... but our polish health system doesent have the same posibilities as URs ;)

Everything good from us!

CU on FLICKr ;)

7:36 PM  
Anonymous rachel carlson said...

kelly, great to see you online again! it was only a matter of time too. those peggers look "ouchy" but i know that you will still stand taller (no pun intended), shoulders back and moving straight ahead - cheers to YOU! love your recent work. happy weekend hugs, rachel

9:20 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...


Hope that took care of the pain and that you're up and "pushing back" again.


7:11 AM  

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