Hello! I hope you’re all doing well! Sorry for being quiet for so long but I’ve been busy preparing for my upcoming ankle surgery – which I’ll hopefully be having in about 2 and a half weeks!
Yes, I’m having ankle surgery! A fusion of my ankle joint and my subtalar joint in my left foot, so that my foot can finally point the right way again. It’s kind of North-East, when it’s supposed to be North.
People keep asking me, “Oooh, are you worried?” To be be blunt, at the moment, no. I know that eventually I will be, maybe within the week before, or something like that. Of course it’s a worrying prospect – someone cutting your foot open, having to live in a cast for weeks, possibilities of it not working and all that jazz.
But right now, I’m looking to the future; yes it’s a future that’s probably about half a year away, but it’s an exciting prospect!
In about six months’ time I could be working towards doing what I love again; trekking, and actually managing to have a job because my foot isn’t in agony. Even simple things, like walking along the street holding my fiance’s hand, because I don’t have to either lug around two huge crutches, or be pushed in a wheelchair everywhere.
Having arthritis – or any auto-immune disease for that matter – is a worrying prospect. Knowing that there’s a good chance you’ll never be completely ‘better’. We have good times, where we feel like we’re finally ‘well’, and bad times, where we can’t imagine what we’re going to do with our lives.
But we just need to remember to keep our heads up, and keep looking towards the future, and the positives it can hold. We can’t let arthritis define us, and we must keep fighting it, even when we feel like we can’t.
As singer-songwriter Ben Howard sings: “Keep your head up, keep your heart strong, keep your mind set, keep your hair long.”
Stay amazing! ❤
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(Any opinions expressed in Molly’s blog are not necessarily shared by Arthur’s Place. Nothing that you read in Molly’s blog constitutes medical advice.)