It has been two years and two days since my bilateral adrenalectomy. I cannot believe how much different my life is now. There is so much I want to say, and yet, I almost feel like words aren’t enough.
This morning I weighed 141.2 lbs, down from right around 200 this time two years ago. I don’t think I ever actually hit 200, but got terrifyingly close. I haven’t weighed so little since 2008? 2007? I feel like I was around 150 when I ran a marathon, fighting so hard to get that weight down and not succeeding. I didn’t know how serious it was then, just that something wasn’t normal. I’ve got another 15-20 lbs to go, but I feel confident I can get there. A year ago, I’m not sure I would’ve said that.
Since last year, my life, to say nothing of my health, has changed so much. I bought a house, I reclaimed my dog from her grandparents, I increased my gym schedule to five days a week most of the time, I started swing dancing, I gained a social life, new friends, and honest to god, a new lease on life. I really feel younger (but wiser for what I’ve been through), and healthier than I’ve felt in years.
I’m not naive, I know I have a serious health condition now, but it is well managed. I take care of myself, and hope that my body will continue to cooperate. I know I’m lucky to have not suffered major complications from Cushing’s and I hope I will continue to be lucky as I go about my life with no adrenals.
Pictures really tell the story here, so I’m going to upload a few, and link my readers to a photo journal I put together. But I owe all of this good health to my incredible team of doctors. I know that they saved my life. Doctors Friedman, McCutcheon and Phillips are truly heroes to me and other members of the Cushing’s community.
And I owe a part of it to the amazing instructors and trainers I’ve met at the Y and dancing, and the friends I’ve made who’ve motivated me to show up week after week. Giving me something to work for and someone to inspire me has made a huge difference, so a big shoutout to Robbie, Shelly, Brian and Destri from the Y. A virtual and real life hug to Jamie for dragging my ass to swing dancing last fall, and to Elaine, Jerry and Kathy for making the studio so much fun I can’t stay away.
I know I don’t post much here anymore, as I felt like without health problems, this blog sort of lost its purpose. I hope if anyone comes across it in a few years, they will still find my story helpful.
In order, those pictures are before May 2010 right before diagnosis, February 2012 right around re diagnosis, Spring 2013, Fall 2005 before Cushing’s and this week.
My full photo journal is here: Goodbye Earl: My Cushing’s Journey