Thursday, September 9, 2010

I am ecstatic to share this post with you friendos!

Exactly three months ago I was undergoing a robotic laparoscopy, facing serious risks and fears. Just three months later, on Labor Day, I crossed an exhilarating feat off my bucket list...I flew!

When I was in the depths of my endo pain, I could barely walk up the stairs. Some days I couldn't get out of my bed because the pain was so severe. If someone would have told me in June that I would be feeling marvelous by the beginning of September, there is no way I would have believed them.

4 days post-surgery

I spent the past week staying with my best friend on an island in the Great Lakes. I decided to take advantage of not having a job & take a relaxing, rejuvenating getaway to celebrate my birthday. (Okay, I admit it. My girlfriends & I love to celebrate our birthweek or sometimes birthmonth to extend the fun!) Two years ago for my birthday, my bff bought me a parasailing gift certificate. I tried to go last year, but the weather didn't cooperate. Now I know why; I was meant to fly in celebration of healing.

I started off small. On Sunday, I had some fun jumping on her trampoline. Bouncing instantly makes me smile. It brings out the silly child in me.


The next day my childhood wish came true. I flew through the air like a bird. I spoke & sung to God, thanking him for all of my blessings & answered prayers. I cannot describe the peacefulness & awe. It was truly magical.

 taking flight into the gorgeous sky

(Peter Pan was right) I can fly!
flapping my wings & soaring

I felt like a butterfly, emerging from her cramped cocoon to embrace her new, wondrous life.

There is hope. God is listening. I am walking, laughing, flying proof. I went from bedridden to gliding in the sky in just three months.

I know my battle with endo will continue, but days like these sure make the fight worth fighting.


ficwriter said...

Wow! You are truly remarkable. I want to hug and kiss your surgeon, too. I can't believe how much progress you have made. I am so proud of you.

I had no idea you had so much of your grandpa Wilkerson in you. I love you. Aunt D

Alanna Klapp said...

Jenn, I love this! This is beautiful and I am so happy for you. What a difference three months makes! Thanks so much for sharing, I love your pictures!

Jeanne said...


Woo hoo!!!!!!

I actually got tears in my eyes reading this post... I am so happy for you. I know how much it means to be able to make strides like that in such a time-frame!

Years ago, before I met my husband... I went to Florida on vacation. They had parasailing (I mean... flying) at the beach where I was staying (St. Petersburg). It looked like FUN!

It was one of the best things I've ever done. Seriously, while I was parasailing (oops... I mean flying) I felt so much better than I do when my feet are on the ground. I will never forget that experience as long as I live.

I still remember the butterflies in my stomach when I got up really high (far higher than it looked like it was going to be watching people do it from the ground). I remember the air above the water smelled so good. It was definitely the only time I ever got quite that perspective.

In other words, I was lower in the sky than when we ride in my husband's friend's 4-seater plane but I was far higher in the air than I'd ever been on any amusement park ride or tower or anything.

It was soooooooo fun! I'm so happy for you! I know how fun parasailing (umm... flying) is. I'm so glad I did it when I did. I have other (non-endometriosis) health problems now that would preclude me from doing it. So, I'm glad I went when I did.

I'm so glad the timing worked out so well for you!



Jenn said...

Aunt D thank you so much! I want to kiss my surgeon too.

I didn't know I had it in me either! Grandpa must've been nudging me. :)

Love you too.

Jenn said...

Thanks Alanna! I can't believe what a difference these three months have made for me. It's a miracle.

Jenn said...

Thank you Jeanne!

This moment was truly restorative & amazing for me & my mental recovery process.

I'm so excited to hear that you had a chance to experience "flying" too!

Thank you for sharing your story & my excitement. :)

Amanda said...


what a beautiful post! I am so glad to hear how much better you are feeling and how much you are able to accomplish right now xx

oh and Belated Birthday Wishes to you

Jenn said...

Thank you so much Amanda!

Tracy R said...

Hey Jen,

Believe it or not, I have been reading your blog since you started. This one was the best yet, I had to comment! It's awesome to read about your consistent and continued recovery and return to normalcy. Your spirits up and you are enjoying life again!!!! I knew the day would come! Go ahead and kiss Dr. M, you wouldn't be the first :o)!!! It is awesome to read that you see everything in a much brighter appreciative light, and the constant nagging, dibilitating pain is under control!!! I love to hear that you are happy and smiling again!!


Jenn said...

Thank you so much Tracy!!!! I am so happy you've been reading my blog. You helped me more than you'll ever know. Thanks for sharing your doctor with me!!!!! :) I don't even want to think about where I would be right now without him.

Thanks for the comment!!