6 Months, and Santa Claus is coming to town!

Hello again 😊

So, I’ve reached it, 6 months post op. With Christmas just around the corner life is nothing but busy. Keep a thought for us poor beauticians this time of year, but hey once everyone else looks fabulous for the festivities that’s all we care about 😊

I had my 6 months check up earlier this month and I would love to say everything is rosy, and for the most part it is minus one or two minor issues. Before my check-up I had a slight return of some of my symptoms, they were minor but worth noting nonetheless. I went for my appointment and told my consultant, we always knew this could happen but neither of us were best pleased. After all my dealings with doctors I assumed he would write it off and say he has done all he could, but he didn’t. We started this together and we’ll stick it out, so he has organised two more tests to see what could be going on. I had decided on these for before Christmas but then my brain decided to function and said ‘Shauna, you twit do it in the New Year’……… me and my brain have a sensitive relationship!! So, January 2018 is sure to bring a new adventure yet again.

The last 6 months have been the craziest, most tiring but strangely exciting of my life. To see the journey I have had and the changes I have made has been something else. I rarely get pain now, unless I do something totally stupid (to any of my friends reading this…. Shut up, I know I do stupid things everyday thank you all!!!!! 😀 ) I’m keeping up my exercise, well this week was a bad one and meant I did nothing. I did go for a run…. And then slept for 10 hours!! Of course, myself and Martin went to celebrate my 6-month mark in our favourite place on earth, Brooklodge and Macreddin Village in County Wicklow. It’s the most beautiful place and so easy to go and switch off for a day or two…… or five if I had my way! We have had some good times with friends and family, which is the norm for everyone this time of year. Just today we did and inflatable obstacle course, yes, I made a fool of myself and threw myself over walls and through loops, but I enjoyed every second!!

I know I haven’t been active on here too often but like I’ve said before I don’t want to bore you guys with trivial day to day nothings. I have had some lovely feedback recently from people who have been reading and its great to know I’m not just rambling to myself. I continue to realise that not everyone’s journey is going to be the same as mine, nor should it be. The great thing about this is that people have so many stories, so many journey and such lovely advice to share. At this stage of recovery, I can safely say I am 95% recovered. 30 weeks in the grand scheme of things is not a long time but there are days where it feels like forever ago.

Pretty sure its time for me to sign off, but not before I say thank you. To everyone who has read this so far, to everyone who has supported me and wished me well you have no idea of my appreciation for you guys. To the friends who kept contact no matter what, something like this makes you realise what you have and when, and I can safely say I have the best friends in the world. Of course, Martin can’t escape. Thank you for being there, for putting up with my crying in pain and cancelling dinner plans. Thank you for giving out to me when I tried too hard, but letting me when you knew I wanted to. For walking up and down the hospital corridor at a snail’s pace, and for getting me to where I am now. 2017 will be unforgettable, but 2018 is already exciting.

For you guys who have been on this journey, well done you!!! Keep going through those shit days, take a break and be kind to yourself but keep on keeping on. Take the help and use the support…… and take your painkillers kids!!!!!

I hope you guys have a fun filled, warm happy Christmas, laugh a lot drink some wine (and have a kiss under the mistletoe 😉) See you all in 2018 😊



IMG_E3677 Picture Credit goes to theonewiththeheart, Instagram.

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