When you do your pre-op visits and your doctor goes over the chances of X, Y, and Z happening to you, in the back of your mind you think that is for his other patients and not you. Then after your surgery that went so well the X, Y, and sometimes Z does happen.
My story begins at my one-year physical exam when my primary physician found a lump near my thyroid area. That is when the cancer scare started.
After a sonogram, they found I had a few growths, so next up was a biopsy.
The biopsy results yielding no cancer cells. Yes!
But, then these growths kept on getting bigger. And after a few months of denial, I opted for surgery before it looked like I was growing a second neck.
Vocal Cord Paresis
So, I had a partial thyroid lobectomy, sounds fancy right? But, it is basically removing part or 1/2 of your thyroid. No cancer was found, but I do have a serving of vocal cord paresis. That is another fancy way to say one of your vocal cords is not moving.
It is frustrating living in a world where sometimes your voice sounds like a whisper or on your good days you have husky as my Mom would say, Barry White baritone going on. But, even with all of those frustrations, I learned something valuable about myself because with every experience there is a lesson to be learned. This surgery humbled this independent woman to finally realize that is okay to ask for help and to rest.
Before this, I felt like Wonder Woman, who took on all tasks because they could only be truly completed correctly unless it was done by me. Even after having a part of my body removed I still was on my independent woman ish and then a serious of events after my surgery like, partially losing my voice, made me rethink some things.
Listen To Your Body
I realized during my recovery period that asking for help doesn’t tarnish my Wonder Woman image, even she took breaks. I also finally put my health first instead of my career. Therefore, no matter how many times I hear, can’t wait for you to come back or do you think you are ready to come back yet, I no longer feel any guilt. I will come back when my body deems it ready for me to do so.
For some of us these lessons in humility are either often or few and far between. If you are lucky enough to recognize them when they arrive you can welcome them with open arms or show them the door. However, if you do decide to let these lessons in, humility will help you on your journey, so you can help others on theirs.
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