2 years ago today I had my HM (heller myotomy) surgery to treat A (Achalasia)! It’s crazy the difference 2 years can make. Over the course of time since my surgery I went back to school, prepped and competed in my first fitness competition, got an amazing job at NASM, got pregnant and had a baby!
When I was first diagnosed with “A” it was super depressing. There were many days that I felt totally alone, despite the fact that I was surrounded by my hubby and great friends who were very supportive, I found myself frequently asking God “why me?!”. Finally, it was through the power of social media (and my oh so amazing hash tags) that a girl named Brie found me and reached out to me via Instagram. I have never met her in person but she also suffers from A. She introduced me to an Achalasia group on Facebook and finally I no longer felt alone.
After reading stories and posts from others suffering from the same disease my thoughts of “why me?!” Became “why not me?!”. A is relentless, it knows no age, gender, socioeconomic group or ethnicity. No two people are alike. We all suffer from different symptoms but the one thing we have in common is somewhere along the way our bodies decided to start attacking itself. I began to think to myself “God never gives you more than you can handle”. I am blessed to have been diagnosed at a young age, and because I am young fit and healthy my recovery has been quick. I was able to resume my regular activities 6 weeks after surgery and have never looked back.
My outlook on life has changed tremendously since my diagnosis. I no longer sweat the small stuff and I look at each day as another opportunity to be amazing and to be a blessing to someone else. Over the past 2 years I have had others reach out to me via social media and through my blog who are also suffering and looking for answers. Since it is a rare disease many times even the doctors don’t know what to tell people so I am always happy to lend some info and share things that did or did not work for me.
There is no cure for Achalasia so it will be something I will deal with for the rest of my life. But I am healthy and blessed to be able to eat (almost like a normal person) again. My 6 scars have faded but they will always be there to remind me that I am stronger than what tried to slowly kill me. Everyday I pray they find a cure for this and that my daughter will never have to know the struggle of Achalasia!
To those of you suffering who have questions about exercising please feel free to reach out to me 💪 I am pretty much a pro when it comes to post op activities. To those of you in the Facebook support groups and to my girl Brie, you will never know how much you have helped me through this struggle, and I am forever grateful! We are #achalasiaasskickers and we won’t let this stop us!
For more info on Achalasia visit:
http://www.achalasia.us you never know it could one day help someone you know!
See you on the flip side!