A New Adventure Awaits!

I got the call yesterday!!

I am heading in for more surgery next week, this one is for laser treatment to remove the last of the lesions that got missed with the procedure I had on March 1, 2023. I had an excision done then and it didn’t get it all, so I am heading back into the OR to get it removed. It happens…

I am scheduled for Wednesday the 4th…I will be sore for a few days and will find it hard to sit, but I don’t expect too much pain from the procedure and as for more scars, what can ya do? I am full of them and come to see it is only skin and not all that makes me who I am. I’ll be back on my feet in no time!!

If you haven’t read any posts I have had on my health before, I have a lot of health issues. I was diagnosed with Cancer of the Vulva in September 1999 and since March 2000 I have had numerous surgeries to remove the cancerous lesions that keep coming back. It has been a part of my life for so long, that I have become used to it. I had Cervical Cancer too, in 1988 and had a hysterectomy in 1989. I was 7 months pregnant with my second child when I was diagnosed with that one… I am estatic I had my children when I did!

I was very lucky and was clear for almost 10 years, but last year it returned and my adventures started all over again. I have no doubt it will go away and I get the pleasure of seeing my Specialist every 6 months for a while. Let’s see how long I can remain clear this time!!

I deal with this disease really well and yes, I had therapy to help me deal with the emotions that come with such a diagnosis. Therapy has helped me manage quite a bit!! With all the surgeries I have had done, I lost quite a bit of the area but thankfully, it doesn’t interfere with my married life!!

I try really hard to maintain my health and stay on top of my issues. I do all I can to maintain them so I can have a life worh living!! I have been taking part in webinars recently with the Arthritis Society of Canada. I watched one the other night on Nutrition and there is one next week on Arthritis of the Hips. I always learn something new!!

I have degenerative arthritis in my knees and hips which causes issues with walking at times. I had a house fire in March 1991 and I got stuck on the 3rd floor and had to jump out the window to get away from the flames. I broke both knees, both femurs, and smashed up my face and ended up with 2nd and 3rd-degree burns on my arms and hands. I spent 3 months in the hospital, and 2 1/2 years in intensive physiotherapy learning how to walk again. It was one of the hardest times I ever had in my lifetime and getting over that was not easy.

It gave me PTSD that took 5 years of therapy to learn to maintain. My children were so young at the time, 3 yrs and 5 yrs, who had their whole life turned upside down. They even lost me there for awhile!

It was hard to come back from that one but I did it and maintained it for a very long time. Being Bullied by Tenants in the workplace caused my symptoms to get unmanagable for awhile and I had to go back to therapy to learn to maintain it once again!

In 2015 I was told I had Cervical Spinal Stenosis, which I learned recently has spread to my Lumbar region. I am waiting on a consult with a Spine Surgeon but the Ortho Specialist doesn’t think anything can be done.

This Specialist told me a few months ago that my knees are bad and I need knee replacements but my back isn’t strong enough to help with the Psysio I would need to recover. He also said my legs are not strong enough to help me recover from any spine surgery I might need. I am screwed basically and nothing can be done for either issue. So, I deal with it.

Its okay, I came to terms with that when was diagnosed in 2015 and saw 2 Surgeons in Toronto who both told me that there was nothing they could do for me. I will end up paralysed from that disease in my spine as I am slowly losing control of my left side from the nerve roots being pinched and having issues with incontenance. I do have severe nerve pain, which I do take pills for that I have become dependent on. I can maintain it and deal with the pain.

Between my legs and back, I am physically challenged but manage to do what I need to do and sometimes even what I want to do! I broke my ankle last year and was determined when it healed to walk the Sugarloaf Trail in Quidi Vidi and I did it!! it is a difficult Trail, almost as bad as Signal Hill which I know I can’t do, but I managed to get to the top with help from my Hubby.

I have walked so many Trails around St. John’s as I knew the views I would see. I probably won’t walk some of them again, but I have the memories of my adventures!

Kent’s Pond St. John’s NL

Sometimes, You Gotta Have Fun!

Vacation Time!

Being outside in nature is how I am able to maintain all my issues, mental and physical. The beautiful scenery of NL, with the help of mindfulness, can’t help but make you feel good!

NL held Well-Being NL week a little while ago and I took part in some of the events held. I really liked the Health presentation at City Hall I went to! It was a lot of fun, listening to music by the Flu Fighters, a band made up of medical professionals and having some wonderful food made by a local Chef who used all local ingredients. The Guided walks were also awesome!

The intent of the Health Dept of NL is fantastic, as I also believe that health is more than doctors and medicine, it is everything overall.

Well-Being NL

I have a fantastic Family Doctor who makes up a part of my Collaborative Medical Team! She is very thorough and I am in the process currently of more testing for the Cushings Disease I have to build a treatment plan with her and an Endocrinologist she is referring me to. I am producing too much cortisol and it is playing havoc with my system and need to get it under control.

That was the last diagnosis I had in Ontario in 2019. It was around the time I tore the tendons in my left shoulder which took a couple of years to heal.

My health is ok now, as best as it could be with all I have to deal with. I have a good strong heart, even after all the years of high blood pressure! I’ve had high BP since I was 21 and have taken pills for it all these years. Since I quit smoking in 2020 my lungs have gotten better and my stamina has increased. I have diabetes but maintain it with diet these days. Overall I feel pretty good! Even the menopause symptons have eased off the past few months!

I took part in the GLA:D program last year, which helped build strength and muscle in my legs to support my knees and hips better. It is a great program for anyone with Arthritis! It was how I manage to keep walking as much as I do!!

I am Retired now, at 57 yrs old, and my life has slowed down the past few years. I will do all I can to keep as much mobility as I can for as long as I am able. It is what living is all about!! Getting as luch joy out of life as I can get!

This past week has been awesome and I have a lot to look forward to! It is all in your mindset. As long as you have the right mindset, you can survive anything life wants to throw at you! I am living proof of that and I am very proud of myself for surving all I have!


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