I would call myself 99% back to normal at this point. I still get some fatigue if I really overdo things but I am feeling really good. I've been so busy living life I haven't had a chance to catch up on things here!
Monday I had the much awaited and anticipated post-surgery check up. Dr. Lavery was happy with my healing and said I was doing well. Two pieces of good news: 1) I only need to lose 20 more pounds to be eligible for my Step 2 surgery! 2) I got the green light to go running again.
I'm not sure which made me more giddy, really. I expected him to tell me I needed to lose more than that, so I am happy to have an attainable goal to work toward. I see him again in September, and I should be able to get to where I need to be by then. I did run twice this week--one mile the first time and a mile and a half the second time. I am soooo slow, but I'm doing it so I can't complain. No pain or issues from my guts or the incision, so I am thrilled. The bag is no big deal either. I am so excited to be able to resume something that means so much to me. I start a new cycle of half marathon training next Saturday and I can't wait! I will be training for the Columbus Half Marathon which takes place in mid-October. I would like to run the race and then have surgery the following week...just like last time!
One other point of progress to report: I am expanding my menu a bit beyond the soft diet. I've had lettuce, salsa, and cantaloupe and I'm slowly adding more things. This doesn't sound like a big deal, but there were a lot of restrictions on me for awhile so it's exciting to get some more variety back into my diet.
Today we walked in a Race for the Cure 5K. I was marveling at one point about how amazing I feel! I just have energy and feel so healthy. It is amazing to have that burden of disease and pain lifted off of my shoulders. I also can't believe how great I feel when I run now. I didn't realize how difficult it was to run while sick. I don't know how I did it for so long. I know I still have a lot to go through before this journey is over, but I have no regrets about making the choice to have surgery. My colectomy gave me my life back.