I am about to embark upon a pretty gruesome surgery. Two in one, actually, with a double jaw surgery. Liquid diet for 6 weeks, poofy balloon face for 6 months, and a full year’s recovery. As awful as it may seem, the response by my family and friends has been quite the opposite. Those who know me are focused less on the struggles and more on where it will take me. Trust in my ability to get through and make the most of this situation. Not only are people excited about what this experience could mean for eliminating my chronic pain, but also what level of inspiration I will reach from enduring this journey.
Roadblocks, especially those providing a benefit I am aware of, don’t phase me much anymore. It’s not my first rodeo getting through a tough time. I’d even consider myself a master roadblock achiever by now. But to be able to face something so scary and so painful and simply see it as leveling up is a comfort unlike anything else.
There is a chance I go through this surgery and it doesn’t fix my pain, but I already have a perspective for that. Even if the surgery doesn’t work, I KNOW I will come out of it stronger. Like my family and friends have said, I will have a new outlook to share. Perhaps new liquid diet recipes or a guide on getting through this type of experience. There will be a new Lindsay once again. Stronger, wiser, more capable and confident. No matter what I face, I choose to see everything in the light of opportunity. What good can come from this? Because that is what I choose to focus on.